What a Year for Conservation!

This year has been historic with our 50th Anniversary, growing membership and donations, more habitat protected and restored, and more people welcomed into wildlife conservation. TCA’s core advocacy programs are as strong as ever and we’ve launched fresh programs to engage new communities in conservation. Thank you; it’s your support that makes all this good work possible.

TCA Protecting Biodiversity in Texas’ National Forests

TCA’s National Forest Policy Coordinator, Larry Shelton, discovered timber sales had been incorrectly marked for logging on steep slopes and streamside zones, in violation of protections USFS had agreed on. Larry’s diligence resulted in protection of wetlands, rare sand-cap/bluejack oak and Catahoula Barrens plant communities, mature hardwood stands, and other sensitive habitats. With your support, TCA has expanded Larry’s work to assess past and ongoing timber sales and to work with USFS toward more stringent guidelines and oversight.

Larry recently negotiated major protection for wetlands in the Sabine National Forest that were threatened by a proposed marina. After consultations and field visits with TCA, the Sabine River Authority dropped a 70-acre expansion of one project and is considering alternatives to another project, scheduled for up to 400 acres, such as moving it to already-disturbed private land. Thank you for helping Larry deliver these big wins for conservation in our National Forests!

TCA Making Conservation Real for New Communities – Hands-on Restoration of Land & Water for Wildlife

The loss and degradation of habitat are the number one threat to wildlife today. TCA’s new community conservation program hosted 50 restoration events, recruiting 1000 volunteers, many of them high school students. Together they planted 16,140 tree saplings, and 3927 native prairie plants, removed 11,994 pounds of litter pollution from waterways and natural areas, mounted 20 wood duck boxes at the Neches River NWR, constructed 25 more wood duck boxes for other locations, and removed invasive species from areas to be planted with natives. Based on the growing understanding that “doing leads to caring”, the hands-on nature of these events afforded TCA the opportunity to reach out to new communities and engage scores of new constituencies in direct wildlife conservation. About 75% of the participants were from historically underserved populations and many engaged t