Nature Conservancy’s Independence Creek Preserve – Open Weekend March 18-20

The Nature Conservancy’s Independence Creek Preserve is hosting an open preserve weekend March 18-20th. “The public is invited to camp, swim in the lakes, hike, picnic, catch-and-release fishing, explore the creek, bird watch and other activities at their leisure. Go and enjoy the onset of spring amid the beauty of a natural oasis in the wilds of West Texas.

Independence Creek

 Independence Creek is a major tributary of the Pecos river. Fed by the Caroline Spring the creek flows through the Nature Conservancy’s 20,000-acre Independence Creek Preserve. The preserve was set up to  conserve the creek and spring, as well as habitat for a great variety of animals and plants native to the region. The Independence Creek area was once home to a variety of archaic people and more recently by the Apaches. The region exhibits large concentrations of rock art and other culturally significant sites.

Caroline Spring

The preserve will be open from 5 p.m. Friday, March 18, to noon Sunday, March 20, 2011. Guests will be required to sign in upon arrival at the pavilion within the preserve headquarters. Overnight camping space in designated areas will be available for guests who make reservations by March 11th.

Visitors should bring their own food and drinks for the weekend and plan to take their trash home with them. Visitors also should bring towels and swimwear, binoculars, sunscreen, a hat and plenty of water to drink. Anglers must bring their own fishing gear. Artificial lures or worms must be used; live bait will not be permitted. Native American or other historic artifacts may be examined and appreciated but may not be removed.

Independence Creek Preserve

Independence Creek Preserve is located 22 miles south of Sheffield on Highway 349. To register and get directions, call Corbin Neill or Lisa Wrinkle at (432) 345-6773, or e-mail cneill@tnc.org or lwrinkle@tnc.org.

For additional information on Independence Creek and other Texas lands protected by The Nature Conservancy, visit nature.org/texas.

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