Gateway to the Hill Country Beautification Project
Ground Breaking Ceremony
Tuesday, December 27th 2016
Top (L-R) Mills Services Crew – Lane Webb, Paulino Espinosa, Bradlee Mills, Dylan Linderman, Curtis Cunningham
Bottom: Calvin Boyd, Burnet County Sheriff Elect, Shannon Heep and Soc Gonzalez, Citizens for Scenic Texas Highways Volunteers, Joe Don Dockery, Burnet County Commissioner, Stephen Schmidt, Maintenance Supervisor TXDOT
Holding Sign: Isaac Pittenger, Next Generation Citizens for Scenic Texas Highways Volunteer
Contributor: Citizens for Scenic Texas Highways
December 27, 2016
Most all who travel the highways and byways of the Hill Country and Highland Lakes region delight in the year round beauty of it’s natural landscapes. Marble Falls, Burnet County and TxDOT officials joined representatives of Citizens for Scenic Texas Highways in launching Phase ONE of the Central Texas – Gateway to the Hill Country Beautification Project located at the intersection of US Highway 281 and Texas 71. In a TxDOT Adopt-A Highway Landscape Partnership Agreement, with the newly formed citizen volunteer group, first announced December 1st.
Work crews managed by Professional Arborist, Bradlee Mills, owner and operator of Mills Services of Kingsland initiated brush clearing and tree trimming services under the supervision of the TxDOT Johnson City Maintenance District on Tuesday, December 27th.
Removal of unhealthy and invasive vegetation from fifty-six acres of grassy medians, easements and highway interchange cloverleaf sections will allow the highlighting of free standing and clustered native oak trees by removing of moisture sapping undergrowth and sculpturing of tree branches to promote majestic growth.
In 2015, Bradlee Mills was among the first to envision what professional services would contribute to the beautification project when it was first proposed. Mills Services will complete donated services for Phase One as business schedules and weather conditions allow. The value of this donated contribution to the project exceeds $9,700.
Seasonal beautification of the landscape of this highway right-of-way will continue with abundant seeding of all grassy sections with wildflower seed mixes in the Fall of 2017 and 2018. As an established partner with TxDOT and The University of Texas/Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Native American Seed of Junction Texas, has been selected to serve as consult and supplier for Phase Two.
Dedicated the Legacy of Lady Bird Johnson the wildflower mixes selected for this seeding phase of the project qualifies to support the Wildflower Centers Seed Grants for Tecas Schools (K-12).
For full details on the project and visit www.ScenicTexasHighways.com. Contributions made the Scenic Texas Highway account with the Austin Community Foundation’s Highland Lakes Legacy Fund qualify as 501 c 3 tax-deductible contributions.