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City of Blanco gets Dark Sky Community designation

BLANCO, Texas – Texas now has 5 official Dark Sky communities after Blanco obtained the designation final month.

The International Dark-Sky Association accredited Blanco’s bid — a purpose that began as a grassroots effort in 2007, in accordance with the IDA.

“The City of Blanco has always been enamored with the night sky,” stated IDA Director of Conservation Ashley Wilson in an online press release. “With their tireless work, paired with the foundation of a tight-knit community and ecstatic partners, their cumulative actions have led to successfully celebrating and protecting the night sky.”

The designation means Blanco, and its 2,100 residents, are working to guard the night time sky from mild air pollution. Applicants should observe a rigorous application course of and meet program necessities together with implementing and imposing an out of doors lighting ordinance.

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“The process was a long one for us, but the end goal was worth it,” Blanco Mayor Rachel Lumpee was quoted on Darksky.org. “The City of Blanco sits at the ‘edge of darkness,’ with light polluted large cities to our east and south. We view our still beautiful night sky as a treasured natural resource that deserves protection from light pollution. We want to protect the darkness we have and actually reclaim the even more beautiful night skies enjoyed by our predecessors here in the Texas Hill Country.”

Blanco joins Fredericksburg, Dripping Springs, Horseshoe Bay and the Wimberley Valley as IDSC-designated communities in Texas. There are solely 37 on the planet.

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Lyndon B. Johnson National Historic Park, Enchanted Rock State Natural Area and Milton Reimers Ranch are IDA International Dark Sky Parks situated close by within the Hill Country.

“The International Dark Sky Places Program was founded in 2001 as a non-regulatory and voluntary program to encourage communities, parks, and protected areas around the world to preserve and protect dark sites through effective lighting policies, environmentally responsible outdoor lighting, and public education,” in accordance with the Dark Sky web site.

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