The McDonald Observatory (MCD) is located on approximately 400 acres in the Davis Mountains of Southwest Texas where significant wildland fires have taken place on adjacent lands. MCD has not yet experienced a major wildland fire on its campus, and the College of Natural Sciences, which has project authority for wildland fire mitigation, is collaborating with FAS Fire Prevention Services (FPS) and other partners to keep it that way.
The Half-Pint Urban Prairie Projectbroke ground on a new Blackland priarie near the Student Services Building on campus. The project is funded by Green Fund and and is in coordination with Landscape Services.
The University of Texas at Austin’s Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center has received honorary designation from the Texas Legislature as the state botanic garden and arboretum, recognizing the critical role the Wildflower Center plays in conserving the native plants and landscapes of Texas.