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The Texas Hill Country is Disappearing

March 23, 2017

The unique ecosystem we call the Texas Hill Country is disappearing before our very eyes.  In writing this story about Jacob’s Well I learned once again how quickly we are losing the place we love. David Baker (Wimberly Valley Watershed Association) is one of my heroes.

http://texashillcountry.com/jacobs-well-endangered/

Joni Mitchell noted this many years ago in Big Yellow Taxi:

They paved paradise

And put up a parking lot
With a pink hotel, a boutique
And a swinging hot spot

Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
Till it’s gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

They took all the trees
Put ’em in a tree museum
And they charged the people
A dollar and a half just to see ’em

Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
Till it’s gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

Hey farmer farmer
Put away that DDT  now
Give me spots on my apples
But leave me the birds and the bees
Please!

Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
Till it’s gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

Late last night
I heard the screen door slam
And a big yellow taxi
Took away my old man

Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
Till it’s gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

Hear it here.

 

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