Collaborative partnerships for conservation yield great benefits — for our natural landscapes, native plants and wildlife, and for everyone involved.
What current or planned projects do you have that will help Texas become known for practical, scientific, and citizen-led innovations in conservation? We are looking for projects that benefit communities, build on the success of others, and inspire all Texans to join in. We are also interested in programs, skills, resources, or relationships you have that can help other conservation partners succeed if we all work together.
Here are examples of collaborative projects that are taking care of Texas’s land, water, and wildlife:
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Cameron County, and many other partners are working together to restore more than 11,000 acres of former estuaries.
These programs conduct research and education to benefit land managers working to restore native plant species that support the hydrology and wildlife community. They work cooperatively with private citizens, agencies, and the community to address fragile wildlife populations (e.g., pronghorn, desert bighorn) and habitats.
A broad coalition of groups, agencies, and landowners work together to implement recovery measures for threatened and endangered species on military lands. The Army uses new rules to earn credits for offsite conservation and restoration by contracting with neighboring private landowners.
Rosewood Ranches works with the North Texas Municipal Water District to increase water quality and supply by cleansing effluent through reconstructed wetlands. Plant restoration for wildlife, university research, and a model education center educate the public and provide research and demonstrations on water quality and supply, wildlife management, and restoration.
The Texas Botanical Gardens and Native American Interpretive Center concept began in 2004 when several active community members of the Goldthwaite/Mills County region wanted to develop a site to educate people about the historic and cultural significance of the river’s influence on communities past and present. The directors have a vision to create a museum, community library, and botanical garden on one square block. So far the group has acquired the block in Goldthwaite and is ready to begin the development of the museum. The project, known as Legacy Plaza, has been so successful to date because of the community partnerships that have been developed with the City of Goldthwaite, the Goldthwaite Economic Development Corporation, and Mills County.
This initiative develops and promotes the use of native plants for wildlife habitat restoration programs, highway right-of-way plantings, mitigation of oil and gas production activities, and for improvement of existing wildlife habitat on private and public lands.
Working with local communities, landowners along the Trinity River have formed Trinity Waters to promote the restoration of the river system.
To nominate opportunities for partnership, please download and fill out the Partnership Opportunities form and submit to:
Whitney Marion | Program Manager
Taking Care of Texas
919 Congress Ave, Suite 1400
Austin, Texas 78701
Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions.