After being postponed, the proposed Natural Areas Land Management Plan for Austin Parks and Recreation Department is back on the on the City Council Meeting Agenda as Item 53 for tomorrow, Thursday September 21st. This plan claims to include climate vulnerability studies, but fails to address preservation for the key features of our local ecosystem - including cave restoration for water retention, protection for endangered species, and thoughtful wildfire prevention based on practices that actually reduce wildfire risk. We encourage you to read the SOS letter of recommendation to City Council and the Mayor to POSTPONE or VOTE NO against this erroneous plan. As stewards of the Edwards Aquifer and fierce protectors against climate crisis, we recommend that the city brings in experts on karst terrain and rewilding integrated into park and city planning which drives us towards the goals in Balcones Canyonlands Conservation Plan and the Austin Climate Equity Plan.
Please take a few minutes to read over, rephrase, and submit your own short letter to City Council and the Mayor before Thursday, Sept. 21 at 11 AM.