The history of conservation in Texas according to the Texas legacy project

Sometimes it is frustrating to be a conservationist in Texas. We have so much to explore, so much worth saving. But sometimes it seems like big oil, ship channels, intracoastal waterways, and everything private overwhelms us. Our funding of state parks is a joke. Even Texas A & M has released a study showing how much more we should be putting into parks in the heavily populated eastern regions.

Don’t get me wrong. No one loves Brazos Bend State Park more than I do, or enjoys the coastal marshes and beaches. And at least those beaches are supposed to be open access. But we could do so much more, especially by increasing the paltry 2% of public land.

One way to begin is to understand how we got where we are. The Texas Legacy Project helps. It has a great website with organization by region, a time line, and interviews with lots of the greats of Texas conservation. Check it out!

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Brown pelicans and black skimmers at Bolivar Flats

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An alligator at Brazos Bend State Park.

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Anhinga at Brazos Bend State Park.

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Frog at Brazos Bend State Park.

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About Joan E. Strassmann

Evolutionary biologist, studies social behavior in insects & microbes, interested in education, travel, birds, tropics, nature, food; biology professor at Washington University in St. Louis
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