Bayou Land Conservancy

Rating: 4.93 stars   55 reviews

Issues: Environment, Water

Location: 10330 Lake Rd. Bldg. J Houston TX 77070 USA

Mission:

Bayou Land Conservancy is a community-sponsored land preservation organization working with willing landowners to permanently protect land in the greater Houston region. We preserve river and bayou corridors, other properties with significant wildlife habitat value and places where family recreation can occur in harmony with nature. Our "No Child Left Inside" education program connects tomorrow's conservation leaders with nature today. Bayou Land Conservancy is proud to have conserved over 8,600 acres in the greater Houston region.


Results: This year over 2000 students and teachers have done hands-on, TEKS-aligned, science based activities at our Little Cypress Creek Preserve in northwest Houston. We permanently protect lands in and around Houston. To date, we preserve 39 properties with a total of 8,600 acres.
Target demographics: Children from diverse backgrounds from around Houston between the ages 10 and 18. Landowners who want to permanently protect their land for years to come.
Geographic areas served: Greater Houston area
Programs:

 Conservation Programs:

1. Protect ecologically important lands. These lands currently include:
a. The Spring Creek Greenway Corridor, the green liquid boundary that separates Harris and Montgomery counties. This critical open area is home to numerous mammals and supplies habitat for bird species which need the resting grounds on their migratory flights. Spring Creek is a "navigable" water body of at least 30 feet wide throughout most of its winding corridor all the way to the San Jacinto River - another focus area for LLT. This area is also important as it provides an opportunity for low-impact use in the form of canoeing, kayaking, and hiking trails - a nature area so close to downtown Houston but what feels like miles away.

b. Washington County. This county, despite its still mostly rural nature, is a highly fragmented county due to much of the land being previously subdivided for cotton and cattle uses. But the rolling hill beauty of this area is facing rapidly expanding "mini-ranchetting", even further subdividing the tracts.

c. Cypress Creek corridor in NW Harris County.

d. All large, contiguous tracts in the Houston region where we can work with adjacent landowners to provide true wildlife habitat and flood buffer corridors for downstream residents.

2. Raise money for operations, the purchase of development rights, and restoration and enhancement of our preserves.

3. Increase support by the local population with naturalist educational events including our “No Child Left Inside” educational program.

4. Continue to be recognized land conservation experts in the Houston area.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I became a legal intern with BLC in the beginning of 2011. At first, I admit, I was a bit worried about sitting behind a desk all day reviewing contracts with minimal input from the staff.

Thankfully, I was dead wrong. The staff are some of the most fun, knowledgeable, and hardworking people I've ever had the privilege of working with. Instead of a desk job, I found myself out in the field multiple times, actually exploring the land that we were protecting. Of course, soon after, I found myself back reviewing easements, but knowing what the property looked like made it all the more interesting.

After coming in worried that I was going to be stuck protecting myself from paper cuts, I was so pleasantly surprised that I ended up protecting land that I've had physical contact with.

I can't speak highly enough of my time with BLC.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I was amazed at the diligence with which the staff worked to acquire easements. While I was working there, we got our 40th easement. The property is fantastic, and its beauty really deserves to be protected.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Move it closer to Houston proper. So many environmental activities happen there, and because of the distance, the staff here does have some difficulty in getting their name out.

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Rating: 4 stars  

As a long time volunteer and board member I have seen the BLC grow as an effective tool in preserving habitat and act a respected advocate for policy change that improves the environment. The conservancy's No Child Left Inside environmental education effort is a great way to get young people thinking about issues that effect the long term health of our area and it understand our place as stewards of the larger world.

All in all they do an amazing amount of good adn are always looking for ways to expand their efforts.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

helping with biosurveys and educational programs

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find more ways for them to add educational experiences

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Rating: 5 stars  

Bayou Land is a fantastic organization in Texas. They are involved with the important work of managing conservation easements on over 10,000 acres of land for volunteer land owners. They lobby for water quality and wetland preservation throughout the state. And, not in the least, they provide valuable education for the next generation of conscientious consumers and nature enthusiasts.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

. . . the successes of the recent river legislation before the Texas legislature.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

. . . give them more funding.

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Rating: 4 stars  

Bayou Land Conservancy is an amazing and knowledgeable group of people that have a passion for educating young people about the natural resources of the outdoors, and how they can be a resource themselves. The Woods Project brings 30-40 kids on to their lands every fall and spring to do service projects - but these projects are more than service-oriented. BLC provides educational components to connecting the students with the work and activities they are partaking in. We have worked with BLC for many years, and look forward to continue a strong relationship with them.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

an educational and service-oriented setting. The teachers are great with kids and extremely knowledgeable. They make learning in the outdoors a wonderful experience!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

move their office closer to inner-city Houston.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I had a wonderful experience volunteering with the Bayou Land Conservancy. I helped lead middle school children in an invasive species removal project. The Bayou Land Conservancy is very enthusiastic about getting kids outdoors and learn about the environment and how to conserve it. I had a lot of fun!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My own neighborhood which is next to the preserve run by Bayou Land Conservancy.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not. they are wonderful

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Bayou Land Conservancy (formerly The Legacy Land Trust) is a great organization that has brought together a very diverse set of constituents to preserve and protect land along both sides of Spring Creek.

They bring a passion and creativity to uniting and educating private land owners, local governments, outdoor enthusiast, and school children alike.

One day they may be planting trees and conducting science experiments with high school students, the next they are negotiating conservation easements with private land owners and the next meeting with local officials to protect natural landscapes and open up additional recreational access to the community.

Their passion and dedication has directly resulted in the protection of thousands of acres for generations to come

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Their tireless efforts to connect and protect green space along both sides of spring Creek have resulted in many more opportunities to spend time outdoors in a natural setting. There are new nature preserves and trails open to the public, more birding opportunities, access to canoeing and much greatervisibility in the community about protecting our natural habitats.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I cannot think of anything I would change. I am very impressed by thier knowledge, passion and creativity

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Rating: 5 stars  

I came to Bayou Land Conservancy as a legal intern. My main assignment was to compile data that would persuade Texas legislators to implement what the majority of other states had already put into practice--sand and gravel regulation. I did not have prior experience in ecology or biology or their legal aspects as they converged with state and city governments. The organization's executive director and conservation biologist taught me the uniqueness of Houston's ecosystem and the effectiveness of conservation easements for its preservation. I've been fortunate to hear Mayor Annise Parker voice her concern for the natural resources that Bayou Land Conservancy works to protect. I've also been out in the fields during the workday, in the preserves that the organization's easements will protect in perpetuity. Most important, I've met very kind people who are fiercely loyal to their commitment in making Houston better.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My perspective on the possibility of being heard as a constituent in a major city like Houston has changed. I didn't go into my internship, expecting to call city governments and agencies, let alone presenting my research to the chief of staff of state representatives. Even when the government doesn't respond as we would like, I did learn from the executive director what persistence really means.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I do not have any suggestions.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Cynthia Salvaggio and her crew at Bayouland Conservancy helped fund my students to their only field trip this year. Bayouland Conservancy taught my students and myself about science topics that brought us into the outdoors. It was wonderful because my students got to experience many things at the conservancy such as view a decomposing deer, digging up nonnative plants, scavenger hunt, and learning about certain types of plants and trees. the experience was awesome and my kids really enjoyed being able to go outside the city limits to see what nature has to offer them!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Being outside doing the same activities as my students were doing was an awesome experience. It built relationships with my students that you cannot bring into the classroom. We laughed and learned a lot of cool new stuff.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Do nothing.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I started volunteering as an intern at the Bayou Land Conservancy 3 months ago, hoping to learn more about local conservation groups and the work they do in the Houston region. I was pleasantly surprised to find that Bayou Land Conservancy is not only actively preserving our diverse ecosystems, but educating students and the general public on the importance of environmental stewardship. During my short time here, I have been able to help with their “No Child Left Inside” outdoor science education program and visit a number of the beautiful tracts that the organization holds. I have had such an awarding experience helping this organization and look forward to supporting their programs in the future, even after my internship has ended.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

They signed a 91 acre conservation easement in Grimes County during my time here and worked on a number of permitting projects.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them more funding so they can expand their programs.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

I have been so pleased with my experience! I have had the chance to work on a variety of projects and learned so much!

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I have learned so much about the Houston flora and fauna and have taken a new found interest in learning more about our local ecosystems.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

My Deaf Middle School Science classes had the opportunity to go to the Bayou Land Conservancy fora filed trip recently. We had just begun our unit on Biomes and local habitats. On their return students continued to talk, ask questions, look at their pictures and generally insist I stay on the unit. They were so excited. They felt a part of the environment by helping with the planting. here at school they are now much more engaged in our vegetable garden and ponds. The staff was extremely accomodating to the special needs students we have in our classes. We will be back! Thank you Bayou Land Conservancy.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

It was easy to plan with Ms salvaggio. She stayed in touch before and after with good resources, maps, instructions and general information.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I think they will grow and succeed fast, especially if they can get grants to help teachers and students attend. Funds are being cut and private sector needs to step up to the plate to insure these important programs thrive.

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