A History of Land Use in Rockwall County is a new presentation provided to our supporters and to all county residents that provides interesting and useful information about how land use has changed over the 150+ year history of Rockwall County. We have gone from an agrarian-based economy to one that is vibrant with industry, small business, and many sub-developments across the county. This presentation is an automatic slideshow which will give the reader a glimpse into the reasons why Rockwall County Open Space Alliance and our mission and goals are so important! Enjoy! Click here to watch the show!
Thanks to you, our supporters, we raised money in our ticket sales, silent & live auction, and raffle that will be used for the benefit of Rockwall County’s open space, trail connectivity, and watershed protection goals!
This email to the Open Space Alliance just in from the City of Fate:
Thanks for continuing to challenge us to implement the Open Space & Trails plan.
In Fate, we adopted a new Park Dedication fee last year. All the County Open Space & Trails Plan elements were included within our city limits along with trail and park improvements from our Parks Master Plan. First projects this year are the new Fitness court (https://www.cityoffate.com/301/Fitness-Court )and likely some park land acquisition on our south side for a community park.
Congratulations to our neighbors who have incorporated elements from the Rockwall County Open Space Master Plan into their Parks Master Plan.
We are pleased to announce that Heath Mayor Brian Berry signed the Mayor’s Monarch Pledge at the August 22, 2017 City Council meeting. “I am pleased to join Mayors from all over Texas in taking action to help save the monarch butterfly, an iconic species and our state butterfly,” said Mayor Brian Berry. “This is an especially good time to take this action as our Park Board initiates a new Parks, Trails, and Open Space Plan which can address enhancing habitats that promote and preserve native wildlife.”
The Rockwall County Open Space Alliance board is very excited that Heath is joining the City of Rockwall’s Mayor and other area Mayors in this important statewide initiative!
The rain is forecasted to end early this afternoon in plenty of time for our Sunset & Stars BBQ event! See you all at 6:30pm at Summerfield at Tate Farms.
Released in conjunction with the Outdoor Industry Association’s 2017 Capitol Summit event, the report shows that the outdoor recreation industry is a powerful force in the overall U.S. economy, with consumers spending $887 billion annually on outdoor recreation and the industry creating 7.6 million American jobs. In addition, the report demonstrates how the outdoor recreation economy works in tandem with preservation and conservation efforts for America’s most treasured outdoor spaces, contributing to the growth of our economy and ensuring that we are properly protecting America’s beautiful lands. Finally, the report is a valuable resource that can be used by members of the industry to better understand the outdoor recreation landscape and how it impacts their businesses.
Do your elected officials realize how big the outdoor recreation economy is? Tell them it’s HUGE. $887 billion in consumer spending. 7.6 million American jobs. Send them Outdoor Industry Association’s latest Outdoor Recreation Economy report, and encourage them to support this powerful industry. bit.ly/2pHgzD7 #ThriveOutside
Join us for a Wildflower Tour hosted by the Nature Conservancy at the Clymer Meadow Preserve on US 69 in Celeste, Texas. May 20, 2017. RSVP to email@example.com or 903-752-0676.
Click here for more information about this wonderful opportunity to experience one of the last remnants of the Blackland Prairie!
Monarch Butterfly Recovery Effort
- The beautiful Monarch Butterfly is The Texas State Insect “Butterfly”
- The Monarch is the only Butterfly to migrate a thousand miles from southern Canada and from one spot in central Mexico and always comes through Texas each Spring and Fall feeding, reproducing on the way
- Monarchs are in serious decline -‐ we Texans can help their recovery
- Guarantee that our Grandchildren will witness these beautiful Monarchs migrating by the millions to announce each Spring and Fall
- Become a member of the Rockwall County Open Space Alliance
- See rockwallosa.org and join (it’s free)
- Become active in providing for your family’s green space future
- Donate whatever time, talent and treasure you can
- Plant Native Milkweed and other Nectar Plants in your home garden
- Purchase seeds and plants from local nurseries
- Apply for grants of seeds and plants from Monarch organizations
- Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
- Monarch Watch
- Native Plant Society of North Texas
- Monarch Wranglers (Laura Bush)
- Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
- Texas Discovery Garden at Fair Park
- And others
- Create a Monarch Way Station (link: Monarch Watch)
- Avoid pesticides on your plants, when purchasing plants and choosing organically grown foods
- Apply beneficial insects to prevent and control aphids
- Use a hard spray of water to remove large infestations
- Buy organically grown plants to protect feeding and laying Butterflies
- Spread the Word
- Learn about the unique Monarch Butterfly and help educate our children
- Encourage your Mayor to take the Mayors Monarch Pledge
- See the national website: Mayors Monarch Pledge
- Initiate Monarch Gardens in your community for the Recovery Effort
- School yards
- City parks
- HOA Common Areas and Other Open Space Areas
Click here to view the 2015 Rockwall County Open Space Master Plan created by Verdunity/WRT for the Rockwall County Commissioners Court.
At the January 26, 2016 meeting of the Rockwall County Commissioners Court, the commissioners and county judge unanimously approved the Open Space Master Plan submitted by Kevin Shepherd of Verdunity, Inc. representing his team in partnership with WRT Design, Inc.
The Open Space Alliance Executive Committee and member cities are thrilled that this important step was taken and appreciate the confidence and support of our commissioners (David Magness, Lee Gilbert, Cliff Sevier, and Dennis Bailey) and County Judge David Sweet.
Next steps are being determined at this time as to the appropriate funding mechanisms to consider and adopt as well as the organizational structure for our ongoing monthly meetings. Any decisions made within the next month or two will be provided to you as they become available.
Thank you to everyone for your support and contributions in this process. We look forward to what this means for Rockwall County, our cities, and citizens!
Attached here is the final plan document that was presented to the Rockwall County Commissioner’s Court on December 29, 2015.
After many months of study, research, community workshops, and meetings with city staff and mayors, our final draft of the Open Space Master Plan is ready for final community review and input. The consultant team of Verdunity and WRT was hired by the Rockwall County Commissioners Court with the recommendation of the Rockwall County Open Space Alliance’s Executive Committee to provide the court and the citizens of Rockwall County with an actionable plan to guide the county and its cities in preserving open spaces throughout the county.
“Open space” can mean parks, bike & hike trails, natural areas, preserved cultural and historic areas, community amenities, and much more. This plan meshes the online and steering committee surveys with the existing park and trail plans from the cities of Rockwall County and makes strategic and tactical recommendations for us to move forward with.
At the final community meeting held on December 1, 2015, the plan’s highlights were presented and discussed. You can find the presentation from that meeting here.
You can find a pdf of the Rockwall County Open Space Master Plan here. Public comments are welcome through Sunday, December 13th. Please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you in advance!