Land Conservation & Stewardship

Managed Lands

Bulverde Oaks Nature Preserve

by | Apr 28, 2017 | land conservation | 0 comments

Nestled between a major highway and limestone and concrete industries lies an unlikely peaceful oasis. Bulverde Oaks Nature Preserve, gifted in 2010, is owned and managed by Green Spaces Alliance. This 31-acre patchwork of nature is a sanctuary for local wildlife and native plants. It sits over the Artesian Zone of the Edwards Aquifer and drains directly into the Recharge Zone, and more than 50% of the parcel is within the 100-yr floodplain. These features make Bulverde Oaks Nature Preserve especially valuable to local land conservation efforts.

Historically, this land was used for ranching, but pressure to develop the land has increased with surrounding urban sprawl. Bulverde Oaks Nature Preserve has been spared some of the pressure because of its location on the floodplain. Now owned and managed by Green Spaces Alliance, those pressures have been almost eliminated, and the undeveloped island of nature can continue to thrive.

In a city that likely will grow to 3 million residents by 2040, Green Spaces Alliance is shaping Bulverde Oaks Nature Preserve to be a sanctuary for the citizens of San Antonio, as well. We believe it is vital to humanity’s well-being to have natural spaces for playing, learning, connecting to our natural environment, and finding refuge from the busy world of everyday city life.

The land conservation program at Green Spaces Alliance works to conserve and preserve the natural world that sustains us all. Nature gives us clean air, clean water, food, shade, beautiful vistas, and so much more. Our land stewardship program strives to promote the natural treasures found in the San Antonio area.

Bulverde Oaks Nature Preserve provides these valuable gifts to all life. Everyone is welcome to join a guided nature hike on the first Saturday of each month, led by Master Naturalists.  See Upcoming Events in the sidebar to sign up for tours. Volunteer groups are helping to create walking trails throughout the diverse natural landscape. Educational opportunities abound. Picnic areas and benches will soon give visitors a place to rest, renew, and behold the scenic landscapes and the wonders of nature around them.

Honeybees reside in our rescue bee hives. Prairies are being restored to provide shelter and nectar for our pollinator friends. Habitat is provided for the local bat population in hollow tree stumps and in a man-made bat box. This protected verdant space is home to a wide variety of wildlife species, including wild turkey, deer, hogs, and rabbits; fish, snakes, and lizards; spiders, insects, and birds.

For more information, contact Tyler Sanderson, Land Conservation & Stewardship Manager:  (210) 222-8430 ext. 305.