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Meet Texas Conservation Alliance


For 50 years, Texas Conservation Alliance (TCA) 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 the encroachment of wildlife habitats so crucial to the future of our state.


Texas Conservation Alliance educates Texans and builds alliances to enhance and sustain wildlife habitat and protect our land, air, and water for future generations.


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.


Texas Conservation Alliance educa Tejanos y construye alianzas para mejorar y sostener hábitats de fauna silvestre y para proteger nuestras tierras, aire y agua para las futuras generaciones. 



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.



For over 50 years Texas Conservation Alliance (TCA) has advocated for wildlife, wildlife habitats, and protection of Texas’ waterways. TCA’s founder, Ned Fritz, a legend among Texas conservationists, launched TCA January 1, 1971, with the vision, energy, and integrity to ensure decades of success.


TCA has built public support to establish numerous wildlife refuges, state and federal parks, wilderness areas, and other wildlife areas, resulting in more than 250,000 Texas acres under public protection. TCA’s efforts prevented damming Texas rivers with five unnecessary reservoirs that together would have permanently flooded 150,000 acres of bottomland habitat including forests and prairie. TCA’s forest work ended clearcutting on 200,000 acres of national forests in Texas and led to better management of all our country’s national forests. TCA has played key roles in coalitions that stopped a private toll road through the Big Thicket National Preserve, prevented canal dredging through Caddo Lake and up the Trinity River to Dallas, obtained increased funding for Texas state parks, promoted water conservation, and secured higher water quality standards for Texas rivers and creeks. TCA provides program support for our 49 member organizations and trains community groups to address pressing, local environmental issues. TCA has recruited thousands of Texans to active conservation and advocacy, and has served as a pipeline for many advocates into conservation leadership roles including through our robust, TCA Careers In Conservation Internship Program.

TCA has long observed that Texans are much more likely to protect an area they have visited and come to love. TCA conducts education programs and outdoor activities associated with issue projects to connect families to nature and foster a conservation ethic. TCA’s Texas Conservation Action Team is a community-driven, hands-on habitat restoration program with three key purposes: 1) restore habitats by planting trees or prairie, removing invasive species, and removing litter pollution 2) educate new communities and young people about how to become involved in conservation and about the big environmental issues facing our state, and 3) promote and cultivate a commitment to Texas environmental conservation into the future.


TCA’s programs to protect wildlife habitat and water resources benefit all Texans by safeguarding nature’s essential ecosystem services such as water filtration, flood control, carbon sequestration, air purification, and more. By protecting landscapes and advocating for public lands, our work supports experiential education opportunities such as hiking, camping, hunting, fishing, birding, nature study, and other outdoor activities. Time outside has been shown to be essential to physical and mental wellbeing, benefits that every Texan deserves.

Executive Director

John DeFillipo

Click "Leadership" below for a complete list of TCA's Board of Directors.

TCA Officers

Justin Lannen


TCA Chairman 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

TCA's Fiscal Year 2021-2022

Read bios of TCA Board Members

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