The Lake Buchanan Conservation Corporation has been busy in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic with a number of endeavors.
The aluminum Llano County Park boat ramp, which had to be rebuilt last year, was damaged by an early spring storm, leaving it irreparable. Bids were obtained for a new and Dependable Docks of to Leander was selected build the replacement.
A new necessary galvanized steel dock is in place and holding up well, with the half of a cost of the dock replacement covered a Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) grant from the Llano County in Commissioners Court. Dependable Docks has also become a business member of LBCC.
In mid-May, member volunteers restocked Lake Buchanan with 1.1 million hybrid striped bass fry. While normally LBCC spends $5,000 each spring to cover the cost of restocking fry in the lake, this year they were donated by the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, which has a great working partnership with the LBCC.
LBCC also recently awarded $2,000 scholarships to four talented graduating high school seniors. Christian Wilcox of Faith Academy will be attending Baylor in the fall. Laramie Smith from Llano High School will as attend Texas A&M. Ally Boland of Marble Falls High School will attend Texas Tech, and Clayton Atkinson from Burnet High School will be attending Boston College.
The organization did announce it has canceled its July general meeting due concerns about COVID-19, but fundraising efforts are continuing. The LBCC has gun drawing every year to raise money for the scholarship program and those efforts usually begin at the Bluebonnet Festival with drawing held at the annual Labor Day weekend fish fry.
Cancellation of the Bluebonnet Festival has put the organization behind on the sale of tickets, which are $10 each or six for $50. To buy tickets or learn more, email Ron Abshier at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 512-470-1138.