Partners & Friends
Below are a list of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and companies, as well as federal and state agencies that have teamed up for conservation in the Trinity River Basin.
NGOs and Companies:
Texas Wildlife Association (TWA)
The TWA was organized to serve as an advocate for the benefit of wildlife and for the rights of wildlife managers, landowners, and hunters in educational, scientific, political, regulatory, legal, and legislative arenas.
Houston Wilderness is a broad-based alliance of business, environmental and government interests that act in concert to protect, preserve and promote the unique biodiversity of the region's precious remaining ecological capital - from bottomland hardwoods and prairie grasslands to pine forests and wetlands - while recognizing the importance of the region's natural assets to its cultural history, economic vitality and future well-being.
Taking Care of Texas
The mission of Taking Care of Texas is to spur conservation efforts that benefit communities, build on the success of others, and inspire all Texans to join in.
Texas Water Smart
Texas Water Smart is a public-private partnership of nearly 300 businesses, associations, research organizations and state and local officials who have contributed to its growth and success. Since spring of 2012, the program has been highly effective in raising awareness of ways homeowners and businesses can save green - in their landscapes and in their wallets.
Trinity River Audubon Center
The Trinity River Audubon Center, located eight minutes from downtown Dallas on 120 acres, opened October 2008 and is part of the City of Dallas-Trinity River Corridor Project. The land, formerly an illegal dump site, has been reclaimed by the City of Dallas and beautifully demonstrates how a municipal liability can be transformed into a major asset for people of all ages to enjoy. The TRAC provides education and recreation opportunities and is the gateway to explore the amazing resources of the 6,000-acre Great Trinity Forest. As the largest urban hardwood forest in the United States, this forest supports a diverse community of plant and animal species and contains a unique mixture of bottomland hardwoods, wetlands and grasslands.
John Bunker Sands Wetland Center
The mission of the John Bunker Sands Wetland Center is to both educate the public and provide research opportunities in the areas of water quality and supply, wildlife management, and wetland systems.
Banyan Water optimizes water and sewer use for large commercial and institutional water users.We develop a water plan, then implement solutions to increase client's enterprise value, cut costs, and deliver regulatory benefits.
Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association
The mission of TSCRA is to protect the stewards of land and livestock in the Southwest. The association represents more than 15,000 beef cattle producers, ranching families and businesses who manage approximately 4 million head of cattle on 79.5 million acres of range and pasture land, primarily in Texas and Oklahoma.
Texas Farm Bureau
Ducks Unlimited (DU)
Ducks Unlimited conserves, restores, and manages wetlands and associated habitats for North America's waterfowl. These habitats also benefit other wildlife and people.
Audubon's mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity.
Trinity Commons Foundation
The Trinity Commons Foundation is committed to fulfilling the vision of the Trinity River Corridor Project as approved by the voters: flood protection for homes and businesses, thousands of acres of parkland and water amenities for area residents, and a parkway to relieve congestion and improve air quality.
The Trinity Commons Foundation, Inc. will work with all interested parties to maintain lines of communication, further momentum, encourage economic development and ensure that funding, both public and private, is equal to the needs of a well-designed project that respects and improves the environment while providing full access and enjoyment of the Trinity River Corridor for generations to come.
Texas Forestry Association
More than 95 years have passed since a handful of conservationists, motivated by a deep concern for Texas' forest resources, formed Texas Forestry Association. As the years passed, they were joined by others, forming a continuous bond of dedication, service and support to the forest lands of Texas.
Today, the Texas Forestry Association, still guided by a conservation philosophy, has become more than just an association of forest-minded landowners, businesses and professionals. It has reached far beyond the original concept of TFA in 1914, and today offers programs for almost every Texan interested in conservation, business, history, education, wildlife and more.
Connemara Conservancy Foundation
Connemara Conservancy Foundation joined the American Conservation Movement in 1981 when Frances Williams donated her family's beloved 72-acre meadow: the Connemara Meadow Preserve. For several years, the organization focused much of its work on education programs in the meadow until Mrs. Williams and the Board of Directors identified a need to expand the conservation efforts to include more tracts of land in North Texas. Today, the Connemara land trust oversees the 3500 acres of North Texas land under its purview, provides the public with stellar activities in the Meadow and offers an emerging Ecological Literacy program. Connemara Conservancy Foundation is a member of the National Land Trust Alliance, the Texas Land Trust Alliance and the Center for Nonprofit Management.
Native Prairies Association of Texas
The Native Prairies Association of Texas (NPAT) is a non-profit land trust dedicated to the conservation, restoration, and appreciation of native prairies, savannas, and other grasslands in Texas. We are saving a Lone Star legacy.
BigWoods on the Trinity
A 7,500 acre fair chase Texas trophy buck, wild boar, and flooded timber mallard hunting paradise just 90 minutes south of Dallas. This Four Star hunting lodge includes wireless internet, conference facilities, state-of-the-art theater room, a 500 yard rifle range, gourmet food and trophy bass fishing.
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Texas Parks and Wildlife (TPWD)
The mission of TPWD is to manage and conserve the natural and cultural resources of Texas and to provide hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation opportunities for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.
TPWD Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center
The Edwin L. Cox, Jr., Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center combines visitation and outdoor education with a production fish hatchery. Its mission is to provide an educational, entertaining visitor experience that promotes freshwater sport fishing and the enhancement, conservation and stewardship of aquatic resources in Texas.
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
The mission of AgriLife Extension is to improve the lives of people, businesses, and communities across Texas and beyond through high-quality, relevant education.
Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources (IRNR)
IRNR fosters research and extension programs focused on natural resource science and management. We support natural resource needs through interdisciplinary research, technology, policy, analysis, and engagement. Our approach promotes the safety, security and sustainability of land, water and wildlife.
Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI)
TWRI fosters, facilitates, administers, and communicates priority water resources research and educational outreach programs throughout Texas and beyond.
Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB)
It is the mission of the TSSWCB, working in conjunction with local soil and water conservation districts, to encourage the wise and productive use of natural resources. It is our goal to ensure the availability of those resources for future generations so that all Texans' present and future needs can be met in a manner that promotes a clean, healthy environment and strong economic growth.
Trinity River Authority (TRA)
The Trinity River Authority of Texas is charged by legislative mandate with three functions. These include maintenance of a Master Plan for basin-wide development, serving as local sponsor for federal water projects and providing services authorized by the Texas Legislature within TRA's defined territory.
Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD)
The TRWD provides quality water to its customers, implements vital flood control measures and creates recreational opportunities for Tarrant County residents and communities.
Texas A&M Forest Service
Texas A&M Forest Service provides statewide leadership to assure the state's trees, forests and related natural resources are protected and sustained for the benefit of all.
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EPA WaterSense Program
WaterSense is a partnership program sponsored by EPA to promote water-efficient products and practices across the country. The WaterSense label makes it easy to find products and services that save water while ensuring performance. WaterSense labeled products use about 20 percent less water and perform as well as or better than conventional models. If you use an irrigation professional, look for a WaterSense irrigation partner, who has been certified through a program that highlights water-efficient techniques.
Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
NRCS is a federal agency that works hand-in-hand with the people of Texas to improve and protect their soil, water and other natural resources. For decades, private landowners have voluntarily worked with NRCS specialists to prevent erosion, improve water quality and promote sustainable agriculture.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
The mission of the USFWS is to work with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.
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