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Habitat Restoration at Yegua Knobbs Preserve

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Volunteers will work alongside PPLT staff on a habitat restoration project. We will be hand clearing yaupon (a native but invasive shrub in this ecosystem) to allow sunlight to reach the forest floor and promote other native plants. This will benefit the many bird species and other wildlife that live in this mixed pine-oak ecosystem.

With a quick training session, volunteers will first scan the brush for active bird nests, then cut yaupon using loppers or other hand tools, all in a 21 acre block. Then on to the next yaupon. We will work in the morning, mostly in the shade and have a cooling area, but volunteers should bring lots of water and wear long sleeves and pants, close-toed shoes, gloves, a hat, etc.

Yegua Knobbs Preserve has several rare ecosystems, plants and animals as well as unique geology.

There are no utilities and one composting toilet. Work is on uneven ground and you may be exposed to poison ivy, biting insects, snakes, etc. It is rewarding yet challenging work.

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PO BOX 737, BASTROP, TX 78602, US

Mission Statement

Our mission is to protect open space through land conservation, stewardship and community engagement.


Pines and Prairies Land Trust (PPLT) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, formed in 2001. The founding members created the land trust as a means to protect land in their communities. PPLT has evolved to protect natural and cultural resources through education and the preservation of open space in the South Central Texas counties of Bastrop, Caldwell, Fayette, Lee and Travis. PPLT holds conservation easements and owns property on over 2500 acres in the region it serves.

PPLT helps property owners protect their land from unwanted fragmentation by providing viable economic alternatives to selling family lands through conservation easements. Current and future generations benefit from the clean air and water, scenery, protection of family land practices and rural feel of open space and vast views for all. PPLT's role is to defend these private lands against future fragmentation or intensive development, in perpetuity.

PPLT owns over 1000 acres of preserve lands. The 65-acre Colorado River Refuge is free and open to the public every day. Billig Ranch and Yegua Knobbs Preserve are open to the public on special field days or by appointment. All three preserves are used for public benefit, providing opportunities for education and outdoor recreation, open space, habitat, water and wildlife protection and clean air.


Animals, Environment


Mon Jun 27, 2022 - Fri Jul 01, 2022
07:30 AM - 10:30 AM


Yegua Knobbs PreserveMcDade, TX 78650



  • Habitat Restoration


  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Must be at least 16
  • Orientation or Training
  • 0-3+ hours - work as long as you want
  • Must be physically able to cut brush using loppers or hand saws. Stooping, uneven ground, insects, heat, snakes, etc. must be tolerable.

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