New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 28, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
NEW BRAUNFELS SAFE CITY COMMISSION PRE-NATIONAL NIGHT OUT ACTIVITIES Monday, July 31,1995 7 - 9 pjn.
7:00 pmBrief welcoming ceremony at Municipal Building parking lot 7:30 pjn. Gang Task Force presentation in Council Chambers
8:00 p.m. New Braunfels Police Department Open House - 9-1-1 Center tours*Fingerprinting [demonstration-Polygraph demons Cr ation-Dnig paraphernalia display-Comal County Sheriffs Office sutic displays or informational displays.
8:45 pjn. - 9:00 pjn. Police K-9 demonstration in front parking lot of Municipal Building.
Owners of less than five acres get Endangered Species Act break
Calling it “a big step toward fairness and certainty for American property owners while protecting threatened wildlife,” Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt praised President Clinton’s announcement July 12 proposing to lift restrictions currently imposed by the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
Pres. Clinton’s announcement will be reflected in regulations to be proposed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service affecting residential property located in or near habitat for many threatened species. In addition, Babbitt announced in March a 10-point proposal, including one that would seek to amend the act to extend the 5-acre exemption to endangered species, which is not possible under existing law and would require Congressional action.
"The ESA is a powerful tool that has brought the bald eagle, the gray whale and the peregrine falcon back from the brink of extinction,” Babbitt said. "However we must do our utmost to make sure that the act is carried out in a way that is fair and flexible.
“Ninety-five percent of Americans reside on property of 5 acres or less,” Babbitt continued. "Although very few homeowners have any problems with threatened species habitat, this proposal will offer property owners around the country an opportunity to plan, to maintain and conserve habitat, and to develop their property in most cases without fear of regulations.
"I am committed to looking at this act for innovative ways that we can take the burden off small landowners, homeowners and families," Babbitt said. “This can be done with a minimum of adverse effects on threatened wildlife, and may, in the end, encourage more conservation while it permits more freedom from regulation.”
The proposed regulation also encourages development of Habitat Conservation Plans, and case-by-case review of larger parcels of commercial property where development does not exceed 5 acres.
* The new proposal creates a regulatory presumption designed to exempt many residential and low-impact activities from future threatened species restrictions under the ESA.
* The proposal would apply on a
case-by-case basis to species of fish or wildlife listed as "threatened” under the law and is expected to cover a broad range of small landowners who use their property as a residence, want to develop or disturb 5 acres of land or less, or who undertake activities that have a negligible impact on a given threatened species overall. It would also establish a general exemption for activities conducted in accordance with a state-authorized or developed habitat conservation plan for a threatened species.
* Prior prohibitions have, in some instances, resulted in unnecessary restrictions and sometimes may have discouraged private landowner support for conserving threatened species. Generally speaking, residential property has limited habitat value for threatened species. Easing restrictions on small landowners whenever possible would make the ESA more user-friendly while still providing for the conservation of threatened species.
* The proposal would not apply to situations in which cumulative adverse impacts to threatened species habitat from small landowners might be significant, nor does it apply to species currently listed as “endangered.” The administration’s 10-point proposal, announced earlier this year, asks Congress for authority to extend such an exemption for endangered species, which is not possible under existing law. Threatened plants would not be covered under the new exemption proposal because the ESA generally does not prohibit the taking of plants on private lands.
* Under the ESA, a species can be listed as "endangered” (in danger of extinction) or as “threatened” (likely to become endangered within the foreseeable future). The act permits more flexibility in the conservation of threatened species than it does for those listed as endangered.
* The proposal would create a regulatory presumption in favor of new threatened species exemptions for res-ldentiaf property and small-scale disturbances of 5 acres or less. Such exemptions would be applied to all species listed as threatened in the future, unless the Fish and Wildlife Service concluded that the exemption was inappropriate for a particular
species. In that case, the service would issue a "special rule” for that species that would contain either no small landowner exemption or a reduced exemption.
* The service would also assess the effect of a small landowner exemption on the 111 fish and wildlife species already listed as “threatened” to determine to what extent the exemption might be appropriate for these species. The service would later propose special rules to apply the new exemption where appropriate for already-listed species.
* The proposed exemption would also encourage development of state habitat conservation plans by exempting any land use activity conducted in accordance with such a plan from further federal prohibitions on “taking” threatened species under the ESA. This provision could also apply to conservation plans developed at the regional or county level under some circumstances.
* The proposal is expected to provide considerable relief to residential landowners and small businesses, as well as other landowners whose activities are found to have insignificant adverse effects on threatened species. For example, it would allow for clearing and all types of use or maintenance on residential properties 5 acres or smaller in size. It would also apply to commercial activities and to non-resi-dential properties larger than 5 acres as long as the total area of disturbance over time was limited to 5 contiguous acres.
* The service will consider proposing land use exemptions greater than 5 acres on a species-by-species basis when warranted. The agency has already proposed an 80-acre small landowner exemption for the northern spotted owl. The 80-acres was warranted in that case because of the adoption of a comprehensive Federal Forest Plan to conserve the owl.
* The proposed rule will be published in the Federal Register in the near future. Public comments are invited and should be submitted to: Chief, Division of Endangered Species, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 1849 C Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20240.
Schwabs to celebrate 150 years of family history in New Braunfels
Descendants of Thomas Schwab, bom in 1818 in Michelsrombach, Hesse, Germany, are celebrating his 150th year of arrival in New Braunfels and also the 150th year of the founding of New Braunfels, which was so named by Prince Carl zu Solms when he arrived on Good Friday, March 21, 1845 after his principality of Braunfels, Germany.
This will also be the 36th anniversary of the Schwab Family Reunion.
Thomas Schwab, being single, age 26, signed an “Einwanderung Vertrag” (immigration contract) to receive 160 acres of land in Texas through the "Adelsverein” at Bremerhaven, Ger
many before he boarded the "Brig Wesser” on May IO, 1844. Thomas Schwab, along with 80 other immigrants, arrived at the port of Galveston on July 8, 1844.
There he was detained until Prince Carl zu Solms had selected a suitable harbor for disembarkation. Carlshafen, now known as Indianola, was selected. It was 152 miles to the land selected for the immigrants of the Adelsverein settlement. Due to shallow water, Thomas Schwab got to Indianola on a schooner.
There he again was detained waiting for transportation inland, by wagon train.
Chi the morning of March 21,1845,
A new look for an old tradition. The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung.
National Night Out ‘95 Activities
Monday July 31,1995
1. New Braunfels Police Department Open House.
2. Static displays at comer of Civic Center parking lot; Police Department, Fire Department, Sheriff’s Office, Highway Patrol, Recycling, and Put on your Armor.
3. Informational displays in Municipal Building lobby including - Crimestoppers*Safe City Neighborhood Watch»Probations and Parole*Head Injury*Vial of Life*Swift Water Rescue*Home and Child SafetyPoison Control*Lighting/Home Security/Fire Alarms Infoimation*Guadalupe Valley Council on Drug and Alcohol Abuse*Air Life Helicopter Information*Other Information
4. Alamo Area Gang Task Force presentation in Council Chambers.
5. Police canine demonstration in Municipal Building parking area.
Neighborhood Block Parties: Safe City Commission members visit parties and determine top program for 1995.
Wednesday. Aygyst 2,1995
Announce results of past two day’s activities and top neighborhood party for traveling trophy.
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Thomas Schwab was riding on the first wagon to cross the Guadalupe River at New Braunfels, more than IO months after leaving Bremerhaven.
The celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Schwab family’s coming to Texas will be on Sunday, Aug. 13, 1995 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hermann Sons Lodge Hall at U.S Hwy. 90 and FM 725 in Seguin.
For more details, call Virginia Vetter at 625-4951, Vivian Zipp at 625-2056, Lillian Schneider at 922-9190, or Evelyn Kneupper at 656-0295. Willkommen, guests.
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Class of ’35
The reunion of the 1935 class of New Braunfels High School was held June 24 at Schwamkrugs.