I'm Mack Turner, Chairman of the Board of Texas Conservation Alliance. For me, protecting the wonderful nature habitats and wildlife of Texas is my life's calling. It's the first thing on my mind when I wake up, and the last thing I think about before I go to bed. Texas Conservation Alliance is so important for the future of Texas and I just want to thank you for your interest in supporting what we do everyday.


For 50 years, Texas Conservation Alliance has successfully advocated for wildlife and wild places in Texas. TCA has engaged with local communities to protect the rivers and forests of East Texas and the prairies of West Texas. Thanks to TCA, more than 200,000 Texas acres are protected in parks and wildlife refuges. We've stopped unnecessary reservoirs that drown Texas rivers, fought clear-cutting in national forests, and recruited thousands of people to conserve Texas' beautiful outdoor world.


Texas Conservation Alliance is here to help the citizens of Texas rally local support, gather the facts, and protect against encroachment of wildlife habitats so crucial to the future of our state.


Through grassroots advocacy, Texas Conservation Alliance protects and preserves wildlife and wild habitats for the future benefit of Texans.

Nuestra Mission


Por 50 años, Texas Conservation Alliance ha defendido con éxito la vida silvestre y los lugares salvajes en Texas. TCA se ha comprometido con las comunidades locales para proteger los ríos y bosques del este de Texas y las praderas del oeste de Texas. Gracias a TCA, más de 200,000 acres en Texas son protegidos en parques y refugios de vida silvestre. Hemos detenido embalses innecesarios que ahogan los ríos de Texas, combatió los cortes limpios en los bosques nacionales, y reclutó a miles de personas para conservar el hermoso mundo al aire libre de Texas.


Texas Conservation Alliance está aquí para ayudar a los ciudadanos de Texas a conseguir apoyo local, reunir los hechos, y proteger los hábitats de vida silvestre tan cruciales para el futuro de nuestro estado.


A través de la defensa de base, Texas Conservation Alliance protege la vida silvestre y los hábitats salvajes para el beneficio del futuro de los tejanos.



We are proud to be the Texas Affiliate of the National Wildlife Federation, the country's largest conservation organization. Partnering with NWF connects TCA to national issues and gives national attention to local efforts in Texas.



Mack Turner


Mack Turner, Chairman of Texas Conservation Alliance, uses his big-picture grasp of conservation and the experience gained in a successful career in commercial real estate to raise TCA’s level of influence and raise funds for core TCA projects.

Ben Jones


TCA Executive Director Ben Jones’ twenty years of conservation experience span a broad range of conservation actions – education, advocacy, habitat restoration, and on-the-ground species protection – in Texas and around the world.

Richard LeTourneau

Vice Chair

TCA Vice Chair Richard LeTourneau, who chairs the North East Texas Regional Water Planning Group, has long volunteered for TCA and other conservation groups, addressing natural resource issues both during his years as a business owner and since his retirement.

Justin Lannen

Vice Chair

TCA Vice Chair Justin Lannen, an environmental enforcement attorney for the federal government specializing in air quality issues, leads conservation initiatives in Dallas and is raising his three young children to care about Texas’ great outdoors.

Jesse Oliver


Treasurer Jesse Oliver’s stellar public career has included serving as a State Legislator, a District Judge, Executive Assistant Attorney General, Chairman of Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), and now Deputy Executive Director for DART.

John Shepperd


John Shepperd, Executive Director of the Texas Foundation for Conservation, offers the TCA Board a wealth of experience in public policy, governmental affairs, business, and habitat restoration and ecosystem-level conservation.

Susan Schmidt


Susan Schmidt, Chair of TCA’s Communications Committee, has a varied background, including publishing, underwater photography, and research in all forms of cellular regeneration, stem cell therapy and precision testing.

For a complete list of the Texas Conservation Alliance Board of Directors, click here.