photo credit: John Fannin
We are in the process of kicking off a Capital Campaign to fund engagement with Overland Partners Consulting firm to create a Community Plan. Through an extensive community planning process we will develop a compelling Driftwood Vision that our community, developers, businesses and future residents can enthusiastically support! Please consider making a tax-exempt donation today to the DHCS (a 501-c-3 organization) for this exciting community planning project. Visit our GoFundMe page.
Wednesday, March 27! On Wednesday, March 27, a large group of Dripping Springs High School students will perform a service project at our Natural Area. They will assist with installation of freestanding rainwater systems (donated by Plateau Land & Wildlife) as well as other necessary weeding and cleanup activities. Master Naturalists are also providing support, but any neighbors who are available are welcome to join in! For more information, contact Venita Fuller, RAP Liaison for the Beautification Committee.
In 1835 William B. Travis purchased a league of land from the Mexican Government. Travis was granted this purchase under Empresario Benjamin Rush “Ben” Milam’s effort to colonize central Texas land which included that which is now identified as being in Hays County. FM 150 West dissects this (4,428 acres) league of land approximately one mile south of Driftwood.
A local effort is currently underway to designate FM 150 West as The William B. Travis Trail to honor this great hero who died in the battle of the Alamo.
Our petition will show support to the State Legislature in the current session. 245 electronic signatures have been collected, and the petition has been presented to the legislature for consideration.
The location, natural beauty and character of Hays County have resulted in a significant increase in the population of Hays County, and this growth is projected to continue. We welcome new residents of Hays County, and we must accommodate this population increase. However, improvements made to date have eliminated features and sites that formed and were the character of Hays County. This character of Hays County is not only our history but also our future. The beauty of Hays County has served to create a thriving wine industry, bed and breakfast/resorts, restaurants and active heritage-tourism trade that appreciates Hays County as it exists today. The nature of Hays County may change, but segments must be preserved out of respect for our past, the heritage-tourism economic engine of today, and the benefit of future generations.
Do you want to network with other night sky advocates and learn how you can be involved in protecting and preserving Texas’s beautiful natural night skies? Have you wondered what it takes to become an IDA-certified International Dark-Sky Place?
If so, please join IDA’s Director of Engagement, Bettymaya Foott, IDA’s Dark-Sky Places Program Director, Adam Dalton, plus Dr. Connie Walker from the National Optical Astronomy Observatory and Bill Wren from McDonald Observatory on Sunday, March 31st at Dripping Springs Ranch Park for a follow-on Texas Night Sky Festival® workshop.
Sign up now through March 24th at www.TexasNightSkyFestival.org to claim a seat at the workshop. The cost is $15 per person to cover your beverages, hot lunch and snacks.
DHCS aligns the Driftwood/Onion Creek Valley with Dripping Springs regarding the International Dark Sky Initiative, because we believe it is critical in preserving the environmental natural history in the entire region.
Wimberley Valley, which encompasses the cities of Woodcreek and Wimberley, was also officially designated the third International Dark Sky Community in Texas in 2018 by the The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA).
The Cicero Rufus Perry Rangers -- $25
The Ben Milam Colonists -- $50
The Thomas Martin Postmasters -- $100
The William J. Cannon Boosters -- $250
The Widow Freelove Woody Grantees -- $500
The Col. William B. Travis Heroes -- $1,000
You may mail us your annual dues or bring them to the meeting. Or pay by PayPal!
The Driftwood Core Area map is largely a combination of the Driftwood zip code and a proposed Appellation.
The Driftwood Area of Influence map is largely delineated by the contributory zone of Onion Creek until it reaches the southeastern Hays County line.
PO Box 314, Driftwood, TX 78619