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  

8 people found this review helpful

This was an eye opener for both the kids and the parents. Most of the parents were not aware that there were land preserves open to the public. For the kids, it learning experience, such as simply walking down a trail and noticing all the plants, trees, insects, etc along the trail. Legacy Land Trust made this possible.

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

education.

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

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

exposure of the students to nature.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

excellent

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand the education program.

Ways to make it better...

the parents were better educated.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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10 people found this review helpful

Students learned about water ecology in one of three areas that were emphasised. The other areas were soil and trees.

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

watching the faces of the students as their book learning translates to the real thing.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the amount of knowledge the coordinator has in teaching students.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

awesome.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reach many more students in our area, develop more areas for use, buy property and hire more staff.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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8 people found this review helpful

Recently I was with my 7th grade students to a field trip in Sheldon Lake, (Houston, TX) where we have a great learning hands on experience. I took 140 kids in two trips to the park, staff, volunteers and park personnel were absolutely fantastic. Initiatives like this definetly help in educating and growing young scientists. Juan-Carlos Correa

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

their willingness to work and support public education.

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

Ways to make it better...

they would work closer to school administrators in order to spread wider their primary goal (educate and advocate)

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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11 people found this review helpful

LLT's primary goals are the preservation of Houston area watersheds and the education of area youth as to why preserving those green spaces is important to the long term health of the larger community. They activity engage in fostering environmental awareness in young people, emphasizing an understanding and respect for the natural world.

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

their educational outreach, helping the the "No Child Left Inside" programs

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

Get more exposure to the larger Houston Area.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

interaction with member volunteers and youth involved in the educational programs.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

willing to work hard and have fun in the process.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Turn the Houston area watersheds in to a green growing asset to the community and it's residents.

Ways to make it better...

There were more community recognition of LLT's programs and efforts

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

The need for more regular donors and corporate partners involved in reaching the organization's goals

One thing I'd also say is that...

The do a huge amount of good with a very small staff, and the regular efforts of a group of talented volunteers.

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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7 people found this review helpful

I first learned about Legacy Land Trust and became a member in 2005, the same year I become alarmed by the numbers of dead woodland animals on the roads and railroad tracks in my neighborhood, animals killed as they fled heavily wooded tracts being clear-cut for development. It soon became clear-cut to me that the natural lands in my area were disappearing, and I found that Legacy Land Trust's mission of preserving ecologically valuable land by creating conservation easements jelled with my own notions about land use. Currently I serve as secretary on the board of directors. My "Legacy" ensures that over 8,000 acres in the Houston region will remain undeveloped for generations to come. As a natural outgrowth of its mission, Legacy now provides ecological education for children, an invaluable resource for area school districts which are under pressure to increase science education but have been denied the funding to do so. Because I believe in the need and urgency of Legacy Land Trust's missions and am aware that funding is scarce, I gladly donate my time and my money.

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

Legacy Land Trust preserves accessible by the public for nature observation and study, birdwatching, bicycling, hiking, horseback riding, and paddling.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

learning about land conservation from the pros.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Inclusive, generous, smart, talented.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

protect more land from development, and educate more children and adults.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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