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Review for Bayou Land Conservancy, Houston, TX, USA

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.

Role:  Volunteer & I was a legal intern, focusing on sand and gravel legislation.