Fredericksburg earns 'dark sky' designation

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Outdoor lighting ordinances, educational efforts cited

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  • A Dark Sky Conference was held in Fredericksburg in 2018 in an effort to help educate citizens about simple ways to preserve the night skies. - File photo
    A Dark Sky Conference was held in Fredericksburg in 2018 in an effort to help educate citizens about simple ways to preserve the night skies. - File photo
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After review by the International Dark-Sky Association Board, the City of Fredericksburg’s application to become an International Dark Sky Community was unanimously endorsed.

“The IDA works to protect the night skies for present and future generations by requiring applicants to follow a rigorous application process to demonstrate robust community support for dark sky protection and document designation-specific program for requirements,” said Fredericksburg City Manager Kent Myers.

An IDA International Dark Sky Community is a town, city, municipality or other legally organized community that has shown dedication to the preservation of the night sky through the implementation and enforcement of an outdoor lighting ordinance, dark sky education and citizen support of dark skies.

Dark Sky Communities focus on promoting responsible lighting and dark sky stewardship, and being an example for other communities.

Fredericksburg joins neighboring communities of Dripping Springs, Horseshoe Bay and Wimberley Valley.

“The dark skies in the Fredericksburg area are important to our overall quality of life,” said Myers. “This designation illustrates our commitment to preserving our dark skies for future generations to enjoy.

“I encourage our citizens to celebrate this designation by going outside when it is dark the next few days and take a few minutes to enjoy the beauty of our dark skies.”
 

More information about Dark Skies over Fredericksburg can be found on the city’s website at http://fbgtx.org/974/Dark-Skies-Over-Fredericksburg-TX.

Information about the International Dark-Sky Association and the process of becoming a designated International Dark Sky Community can be found at https://www.darksky.org.