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  

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  

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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5 people found this review helpful

I coordinate a service-learning program at a juvenile probation alternative school for at-risk students. When Teri MacArthur spoke to our kids about the work of Legacy Land Trust Houston, they were excited about the prospect of learning new skills and interacting with nature. Once they got out on the nature trails and realized the importance of the work they were doing, they felt connected and significant to the environment in ways they had never felt before. During their reflection discussions, students pointed out that they now think of the world in more eco friendly ways, that our

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

watching the transformative power it has on inner city at-risk youth.

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

the fact that it has a youth-friendly staff. Kids can tell when you're faking it. Our kids really appreciated the way they were treated, particularly since they come from a juvenile probation facility and are often viewed with disdain.

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

extremely knowledgeable. This was also noted by our kids, who indicated that they must have spent years learning what they shared with us.

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

do more outreach to surrounding communities, particularly young people who never leave the confines of their concrete jungles.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

 
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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.

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 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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