Jon Beall, Co-founder

Jon Beall retired after selling a telecommunications contracting company in Austin to work on regional planning activities.  He served six years on the City of Austin Environmental Board and currently serves on the Board of the Hill Country Conservancy and the Barton Springs Conservancy. Jon participated as a stakeholder in the revision of Austin’s Water Protection Ordinance and Travis County’s revision to their Environmental Criteria Manual. He earned an Economics Degree from Texas A&M University and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.  Jon is a former Officer in the U.S Marine Corps. ​

Wilbarger Creek Conservation Alliance works with farmers, ranchers, landowners, land trusts, and various sources of public and private funding to prevent fragmentation of family farms and ranches. We believe that keeping large tracks of contiguous land intact is the best way to protect the water, wildlife, native plants, grasses, and productive soils as well as the rich history and way of life in our rural communities. 

Anne Brockenbrough, Co-founder

Anne Brockenbrough is a rancher and a writer who runs a working ranch outside of Austin, Texas. She grew up on a farm in Virginia, received a BA from the University of Virginia, an MA in Creative Writing from Hollins University, and an MFA from the University of Texas where she was a Michener Fellow in Poetry.  She was a migrant cowgirl, working on ranches in Wyoming and cattle stations in Australia before moving to Texas in 1997. She served on the board of the Central Texas Cutting Horse Association for over ten years. 


Becky Jolin, Attorney

Becky Jolin is an environmental lawyer in Austin, TX. She graduated from the University of Texas School of Allied Health Sciences and the University of Houston Law Center. She is a member of the Austin Bar Association and the State Bar of Texas. She has been interested in the natural world since childhood, and joined WCCA to help preserve wildlife habitat, open spaces and agricultural land in Eastern Travis County, Texas.

Our Mission

Steps & Strategies

Helping landowners preserve their farming and ranching heritage.

Steve Butler, Attorney

Steve Butler is a real estate lawyer in Austin, TX. He graduated from Southwestern University and went on to the University of Houston Law Center. He is a member of the Austin Bar Association, American Bar Association, Austin’s Young Lawyer’s Association, and the State Bar of Texas. He serves as a member of the Real Estate Council of Austin and has been on the Board of Directors for the Colorado River Foundation since 2005. Butler joined WCCA to continue his family’s legacy of preserving open space and giving to parks, such as Butler Park, Butler Shores, and Butler Park Pitch & Putt. 

  • ​​​Conserve farming and ranching traditions
  • Prevent rural fragmentation and urban sprawl that is a drain on the local tax base​
  • Protect native plants and grasses, wildlife habitat, riparian woodlands, and scenic vistas
  • Improve water quality by expanding riparian buffers which will help prevent erosion in the watershed
  • Connect open space to the Colorado River
  • Conserve the cultural heritage of the Littig Community
  • Partner with landowners, land trusts, and various sources of public and private funding to put land in conservation and encourage best land management practices 

Courtney Young

Programs Manager

Willie Martin Fowler​, Historian

Willie Mae Fowler moved to Littig in 1940 with her parents and siblings.  After growing up and working on the family farm, she earned a degree in education and taught in Manor for many years.  Willie is passionate about protecting the cultural heritage of Littig, espically the Littig cemetery, which she painstakingly restored. She was instumental in getting the cemetery designated as a historical landmark "so that the community would have something of their very own." She joined the board to carry on her dedication to this beloved area. 

Board of Directors 

Courtney is an Austin native who has returned home after two years of living and traveling abroad. She has a degree from the University of Colorado in both environmental studies & ecology and evolutionary biology where she collaborated with the U.S. Forest Service on her thesis: Innovations For A Campground Water System: A Biomimicry Approach. Courtney studied sustainable development at  the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa, and volunteered at eco-villages in Asia.  She also has experience in wildlands restoration, GIS mapping, and volunteer coordination. ​

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Helping landowners preserve their
farming and ranching heritage.