Comal County Conservation Alliance (CCCA) was formed in 2018 by a group of concerned local citizens who saw the need to raise awareness about the urgency of preserving land in our fast-growing county while there is still land to preserve. Preserving land, water, and wildlife in Comal County benefits our citizens, our community, and our economy as well as the natural world that supports us.
CCCA created the Comal Land Conservation Fund (CLCF) in 2020 to provide funds for projects dedicated to preserving open space in Comal County. Among the projects eligible for CLCF funds is a landowner’s effort to establish a conservation easement through a contract with a Land Trust entity. Conservation easements allow landowners to retain ownership and use of their land while agreeing to keep the land in its existing natural state by selling or donating the land's development rights to the Land Trust entity. Financial assistance from the Fund to cover associated contract costs might make the difference between a landowner selling to a developer versus saving the farm or ranch in perpetuity.
The Fund may also be used for matching funds for grants or loans from state, federal, and private programs designed to help communities protect water resources, wildlife or, as in most cases, both. These and a variety of other options are ways the Fund can help keep land in its natural state.
Preserving natural land and open space benefits the well-being of all of us in Comal County. Your tax-deductible donations to the CLCF will help CCCA preserve land, allowing Nature to continue doing what it does for us — cleaning the air, producing oxygen, filtering rainwater, providing wildlife habitat, giving people a place to refresh and rejuvenate, and ensuring that our beautiful Hill Country landscape and rural charm continue to be the hallmarks of Comal County. We must do our part to protect what we've been given.