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Association Property Moves towards next Stage of Development

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The association’s property, known as the Lobanillo Swales, is about to move towards its next stage of development. With an archaeological survey done in early 2015 and a general survey by the NPS done later that year, we will soon be conducting a construction level survey of the site.

This level of survey will allow contractors to know exact dimensions of various developments for the location, such as the size of a parking area and the dimensions of a hiking trail that will be created. Plus, signing for Lobanillo is underway. The official NPS site identification signs for the property have been shipped and interpretive panels and their bases are in the process of being fabricated.

Once the construction level survey is complete, clearance for development will be sought from the National Park Service and Texas Historical Commission. This is required as protections for the site are in place, since it is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and because it is designated as a State Antiquities Landmark. Following agency clearance, contractors will perform the construction, and we envision that the site will be ready for visitor use by the end of 2017.

This is a huge step for the trail and the association. We are the only National Historic Trail organization in the country that owns a piece of a National Historic Trail! We were only able to accomplish this with the support of individuals and businesses like you, so please consider making a donation to the development and upkeep of Lobanillo. It is a site like no other on the trail and we are making it accessible to you, so that you can vicariously experience traveling the trail just as explorers and settlers did hundreds of years ago!

Please make donations payable to El Camino Real de los Tejas NHT Assn and mail checks to 3710 Cedar Street, Suite 288 Austin TX 78705 or visit the Donations section of our webpage and donate online today! (Please make sure to note that your donation is for the Lobanillo Swales.)

Lobanillo Swales

Association set to begin Strategic Planning

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In April 2017, the association will begin working on its second strategic plan. The first strategic plan was in effect from 2011 through 2016, and with a new board in place, there is no better time to craft the vision for the organization for the coming years!

The strategic planning will be facilitated by two representatives of the Texas Historical Commission. Emily Koller is a planner in the agency’s Community Heritage Development Division – Texas Main Street program and has facilitated strategic planning for communities within that capacity. Susan Shore is a program specialist with the Community Heritage Development Division – Texas Heritage Tourism program and she conducted strategic planning for all THC Heritage Tourism Trails. Both are highly qualified to facilitate the process and the planning will take place over a two-day period during our April board meeting.

The strategic plan will be reviewed by the board in July and finalized by our annual meeting in October. It will be in effect for five years from its date of acceptance. Stay tuned as we work toward our next stage of development!