Travis County held a ceremony at Reimers Ranch Dec. 2 to celebrate the purchase of more than 3,000 acres of land in the Hamilton Pool Road corridor, as a part of conservation efforts.

The county purchased seven easements that will help to restrict development and protect environment features, according to a press release.

“Travis County is growing at a rapid pace, and there’s an urgent need to protect natural areas like the Hamilton Pool Road corridor,” Travis County Commissioner Brigid Shea said in the press release. “These conservation easements allow us to maintain the county’s irreplaceable environmental features. Reimers Ranch Park, and Hamilton Pool visitors and residents nearby will be able to enjoy the land and scenery for many years to come."

Funding for the project came from a 2017 Travis County bond approved by voters aimed at protecting watersheds, native wildlife and scene vistas.

Travis County Commissioner Ann Howard thanked voters for approving the funding in a statement. She added that she hopes to bring similar conservation projects to eastern Travis County in the future.