The town of Fredericksburg, five miles south of Boot Ranch, is applying to become a Dark-Sky Community, and if successful will be only the third in Texas. The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) is the recognized authority on light pollution and is dedicated to preserving and protecting the nighttime environment and our heritage of dark skies through environmentally responsible outdoor lighting.
This is good news for Boot Ranch members and guests who enjoy spectacular stargazing, thanks to community design guidelines that call for muted exterior lighting.
In order to achieve the Dark-Sky designation, the city of Fredericksburg must meet several requirements. Taking scientific measurements of the amount of light in the sky every 10 to 15 minutes throughout the night is the first step. In addition, downward facing LED light installation is required citywide. Fredericksburg is hoping to meet these requirements in order to submit its application for designation in November.
“Nearly 80 percent of the United States can no longer see the Milky Way,” says Ken Kattner, president of the International Dark-Sky Association. When people visit the Texas Hill Country, they are anticipating breathtaking panoramas and beautiful starry skies.
In Fredericksburg, and especially at Boot Ranch, they won’t be disappointed.