Below is our recent interview with Kaitlin Pollack from Pines and Prairies Land Trust:
Q: Could you provide our readers with a brief introduction to your company?
A: Pines and Prairies Land Trust (PPLT) was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit in February 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 Central Texas counties of Bastrop, Caldwell, Fayette, Lee and Eastern Travis County. PPLT holds conservation easements and owns property in the five county region it serves. Besides direct land conservation, PPLT also hosts nature lessons, workshops and participates in conferences, local environmental events and provides speakers for civic and business groups.
Q: Any highlights on your recent announcement?
A: Activities: Bug walk! Archeology Demonstration, & prairie plants hike. I drive and movie camping experience to support Texas land and wildlife conservation. In addition to the festival, PPLT will continue to lead bug walks, archeology Demonstrations & prairie plants hike.
Q: Can you give us more insights into your offering?
A: Here are some highlight: A special series of short films have been selected to illustrate the Earth’s beauty, the challenges facing our planet, and the work communities are doing to protect the environment. Attendees can watch the films on a big blow-up screen from their cars, drive-in style or lounge on lawn chairs and blankets.
- Tickets are $100 per car for the Drive-in Theater and an additional $25 for overnight camping.
- Camp out overnight to enjoy more of the Texas stars from the 677 acre Billig ranch and wildlife preserve.
- Feel free to explore the trails or join a group hike before the films start.
- Plants of the Prairie
- Archeology Demonstration
- Interactive Bug Walk
- Pizza can be pre-ordered and will be made on site.
- Snacks and concessions are also available.
- BYOB allowed and there will be free beer & hard seltzer while supplies last!
Q: What can we expect from your company in the next 6 months? What are your plans?
A: We have ongoing habitat restoration projects that are aimed at bringing valuable habitats back to their natural state in order to better house native birds and the endangered Houston toad. We also have a trailhead parking project at our public preserve in Bastrop, the Colorado River Refuge, which includes repairing our badly storm-damaged parking lot and improving accessibility for our community members.
Q: What is the best thing about your company that people might not know about?
A: One of my favorite things about PPLT is our free nature class program! We have a dedicated group of Lost Pine Master Naturalist volunteers who expertly lead the outdoor classes, and a core group of families in the area that regularly participate. I love how the kids engage with the class leaders as well as seeing home-school families connect through the classes. It is a great example of the wonderful community we serve and I always leave grinding ear-to-ear!