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City of Fredericksburg Applies for Recognition as a Dark Sky Community

At the May 15th City Council meeting the Fredericksbburg City Council unanimously approved a resolution to apply for Recognition as a Dark Sky Community through the International Dark-Sky Association's award winning program, International Dark Sky Places.

This program recognizes communities that promote citizen education, outreach, and eco-tourism through their dark sky programming.  Fredericksburg has already shown their investment in the dark skies movement by adopting the Resolution Supporting hte Preservatin of our Night Skies in 2013 and creating the Outdoor lighting Ordinance in 2014.

Hill Country Land Trust helped to draft the Resolution and was joined by the Hill Country Astronomers and other local landowners in providing testimony in support of the resolution.  This application will help promote the protection of our starry night skies for future generations.

You can read the text of the Full Resolution Below:

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF FREDERICKSBURG SUPPORTING THE APPLICATION TO THE INTERNATIONAL DARK-SKY ASSOCIATION FOR DESIGNATION AS AN INTERNATIONAL DARK SKY COMMUNITY

Whereas, the residents of the City of Fredericksburg recognize the importance of a clear view of the starry night skies as part of our rural heritage and of the breathtaking natural beauty of the Fredericksburg area; and

Whereas, the influx of people into the region and accompanying light trespass from area lighting fixtures has been steadily on the rise, and these factors have impacted the natural environment and quality of life of the people of this region; and

Whereas, the historical view of the night skies has been eroding in many nearby areas and generations are growing up with limited, if any, view of the wonders of the universe; and

Whereas, several Hill Country communities and parks have received International Dark Skies distinctions, including Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, South Llano State Park, and Dripping Springs; and

Whereas, preserving the rich historic heritage that is embodied in the starry night skies of Fredericksburg is a significant part of preserving our history and enhancing tourism; and

Whereas, the City of Fredericksburg, has shown its commitment to supporting practices that limit or minimize light trespass from night lighting fixtures in order to protect the beauty of the night skies by adopting the Resolution Supporting the Preservation of our Night Skies, on March 18, 2013 (the Resolution); and

Whereas, the City of Fredericksburg has continued in its commitment to protect the beauty of the night skies by enacting an outdoor lighting ordinance in August 2014 at Ord. No. 24-014, 8-18-2014 (the Outdoor lighting Ordinance);

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF FREDERICKSBURG, TEXAS that:

  1. The City Council of the City of Fredericksburg continues to support the use of outdoor lighting fixtures and practices that preserve and restore our historic starry night skies as described in the Resolution and as reflected in the Outdoor Lighting Ordinance.
  2. The City Council of the City of Fredericksburg supports the application to the International Dark-Sky Association for the City of Fredericksburg to obtain the designation as an International Dark Sky Community.

PASSED AND APPROVED THIS 15th OF MAY, 2017, BY THE CITY OF FREDERICKSBURG CITY COUNCIL.

 

posted on 5/16/2017

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