Short Articles

Articles here are arranged in categories, some in more than one category. Many were included in News and Announcements in the past, but are now preserved for historical purposes; generally, this is because they are referenced elsewhere on the site.

  • Wildfire Prevention Tip #7 – Wooden Fence Strategies

    Published on: February 28, 2014

      A rather vulnerable element for a home for wildfires is a wooden fence. From time to time, wood fences have been called “wicks” because grass fires can attack the bottom of a wooden fence and then follow it around...

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  • Reporting Coyote Sightings

    Published on: February 10, 2014

    If you observe coyotes or have an encounter with a coyote in our neighborhood, please call 3 - 1 - 1 and report it. The operator will ask several questions and then forward the information to Animal Control, who will...

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  • NWACA Parks

    Published on: December 2, 2013

    Attached is an article about the 7 parks and greenbelts in the NWACA area, along with photos and links for more information. NWACA Parks descriptions...

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  • Wildfire Prevention Tip #6 – Ember-Proofing Turbine Vents

    Published on: November 29, 2013

    There is a wide assortment of rotary turbine roof exhaust vents. The majority are made of metal, generally either sheet metal or aluminum with typically a 12” or 14” louvered turbine that is either wind-driven or power-driven. Usually, a circular...

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  • Wildfire Prevention Tip #5 – Screen the Ridge Vents

    Published on: November 14, 2013

      Roof and attic spaces are vented by a variety of different types of vents. The more common ones are soffit vents installed in the eave soffits (usually horizontally installed under eaves); end-gable vents (usually vertically installed in the vertical...

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  • Wildfire Prevention Tip #4: Get a Home Risk Assessment

    Published on: September 29, 2013

      With a projected drought of more than 20 years, it’s not really a matter of if, but when, a wildfire event will happen in NWACA. Homeowners in the Western United States, in Steiner Ranch, Bastrop, and other Central Texas...

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  • Wildfire Prevention Tip #3: Barbecue with Caution

    Published on: August 30, 2013

    Barbecuing baby-back ribs, brisket, chicken, and other fare in the backyard over a weekend during the summer is normally considered a fine Texas tradition! And more often than not, we probably store our prized barbecue pit/mobile kitchen on our deck…yep,...

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  • Wildfire Prevention Tip #2: Firewise Landscaping

    Published on: August 30, 2013

      Firewise Communities require landscaping around homes to be lean, clean and green. The primary focus on landscaping is in the Home Ignition Zone, of which there are three primary zones: Zone 1 – the home and its immediate surroundings,...

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  • 2013 Fourth of July Parade History

    Published on: July 12, 2013

      When did Northwest Hills start putting on a parade and why is it so important to the community? This is our 41st Annual Parade - reportedly the longest running in Austin. Everyone in Northwest Hills agrees that July 4th...

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  • Speed Studies – 2011

    Published on: July 5, 2013

      During 2011, the Transportation Committee worked with the Austin Police Department and the Austin Transportation Department to conduct volume and speed studies on busy streets in NWACA. Below is data from those studies. Street Hart Lane Lakewood Lemonwood North...

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  • Wildfire Prevention Tip #1: Hardening Existing Homes

    Published on: July 4, 2013

    To harden your home against embers and reduce wildfire fuel stores: Install screens of 1/8" or smaller opening sizes over attic vents, soffit vents, and other openings into the home If you have wooden vents, spray them with fire retardant...

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  • Help our Neighborhood as a “Fireplug!”

    Published on: June 18, 2013

    The NWACA Wildfire Prevention Committee is organizing small portions of the NWACA neighborhood into street-level segments to focus on making homes in these areas fire adapted, minimizing their risk in a time of wildfire. In coordination with the Austin Fire...

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  • Bees Need to be Removed?

    Published on: May 28, 2013

    If you have honeybees making a nest in a tree or somewhere else in your yard, where they might pose a problem for your family, you can have them removed by an organization which will relocate them to a place...

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  • Plant List and Presentations Available

    Published on: April 29, 2013

    On Saturday, April 27, we had a presentation on deer-resistant and drought-resistant gardening, followed by a tour of neighborhood yards with landscaping that illustrated many of the examples discussed. For those who weren't able to attend, you can see two...

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  • Deer-resistant Plants

    Published on: January 10, 2013

    An often-asked question: what can we plant that the deer won’t eat? As the author of the article cited below says, if they’re hungry enough, they’ll eat your shoelaces if you don’t move fast enough! In this posting, we get...

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  • Pruning Season is November through January

    Published on: November 18, 2011

    The ideal season to prune Oaks is November through January. If this is the year to prune, have you scheduled the pruning some time before February 1? NWACA recommends employing only certified arborists and working with them to develop and...

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  • Illegal Hunting or Game Thievery

    Published on: November 4, 2011

    If you observe violations of state game laws, such as illegal bow-hunting, or game thievery, please contact Texas Parks and Wildlife Law Enforcement at 512-389-4848....

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  • Bull Creek District Park Remains an On-Leash Park for Dogs

    Published on: February 21, 2011

    Feb. 17, 2001 - News Release from Austin Parks and Recreation The Austin Parks and Recreation Department Director Sara Hensley, after a critical and careful analysis of the recent completed review of fecal contamination monitoring at the Bull Creek District...

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  • Speed Studies – 2010

    Published on: December 31, 2010

      The Austin Police Department completed a Stealth Box Study of traffic on Greystone Drive (4200 block between Mesa and West Rim) on December 2-3, 2010. The speed limit is 30 mph, but 46% of drivers were speeding over 30...

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  • Deer Information Session – September 8, 2010

    Published on: September 8, 2010

    About 25 people gathered on September 8, 2010 for a forum on living with the deer in Austin, hosted by the City of Austin (COA) Health Department, Rodent and Vector Control Program.  The session included a brief presentation by Kelly...

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  • Austin Heritage Tree Ordinance Now in Effect

    Published on: February 10, 2010

    On February 4, 2010 the Austin City Council passed a Heritage Tree Ordinance. This ordinance amends the sections of the city code that protect trees, and it adds a new division for heritage trees. In the category of heritage trees,...

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  • Reporting Intentional Deer Feeding

    Published on: January 26, 2010

    In February 2009, the City of Austin passed an ordinance making it illegal to intentionally feed deer within the City limits. If you see someone breaking the law, contact contact 3-1-1. Make sure to have the address of the offender...

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  • Dealing with Dead Deer or Other Dead Animals

    Published on: January 26, 2010

    If you find a dead deer or other dead animal on a city street or other city property, contact 3-1-1 to report it to Austin Resource Recovery (formerly Solid Waste Services). Please note that the dead animal must be placed...

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  • Looking for New Parks

    Published on: January 22, 2010

    The Parks Committee watches for where we need new pocket parks, playgrounds, and/or park improvements. If you have suggestions or input, please let us know....

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  • Yes, there is still a problem!

    Published on: January 20, 2010

    Oak wilt has been worked on for years throughout the NWACA neighborhood. Unfortunately, outbreaks continue to happen annually. Over $500,000 has already been spent on trenching projects in our neighborhood, but we must work vigilantly to protect our treasured oaks....

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  • Prune Infrequently

    Published on: January 20, 2010

    Healthy Oak trees require only infrequent pruning every 5-10 years. Obviously, pruning should target dead limbs, limbs growing into buildings or utility lines, self-inflicted wounds (such as limbs rubbing together) and poor structural pattern growth. However, cosmetic pruning to strip...

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  • Feeding of Deer Prohibited in City of Austin

    Published on: January 12, 2010

    Here is the text of the City of Austin ordinance regarding the feeding of deer: ARTICLE 1. GENERAL PROVISIONS. § 10-8-1 DEFINITION. In this chapter FOOD means corn, fruit, oats, hay, nuts, wheat, alfalfa, salt blocks, grain, vegetables, and commercially...

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