TLC’s coverage area is the state of Texas, with conservation focus on native or undisturbed habitats. TLC places the highest priority on projects which protect water and/or riparian habitats, areas with critical habitat for wildlife and rare species, and those areas being most heavily fragmented by development. Traditionally, we have been an organization able to serve communities and landowners who do not have regional land trusts working in their areas.  Today, as one of the oldest and largest land trust in the state (and in the country), landowners all over Texas trust us with their conservation priorities.

Our priorities are to conserve lands that protect:

Ecologically Significant Features 

TLC works to protect land containing relatively intact examples of native plant communities and other habitats and to conserve native plant and animal species of Texas. TLC recognizes an obligation to conserve plant communities and species recognized as rare, threatened, endemic or otherwise unusual and significant. These features often occur in these ecoregions: Blackland Prairies, Edwards Plateau, Pineywoods, and Post Oak Savannah. 

Water Quality 

TLC focuses on riparian areas adjacent to rivers or major streams in Texas; lands within sensitive watersheds that are likely to be negatively impacted by development or other activities; and land which is important to conservation of underground aquifers or caves. The health of water resources in Texas is critical for the future of our state. 

Sites Adjacent to Protected Land 

TLC places high priority on expanding existing protected lands, and to provide connectivity between areas such as other conservation easements, state parks, national forests, wildlife refuges, and historic sites, with preference given to land in relatively natural condition.

Flora and Fauna

TLC has always been a strong advocate for the protection of rare, threatened and endangered species, both plants and animals. In the Hill Country, for example, properties with Golden-cheeked Warbler habitat is particularly important for conservation. 

All of these priorities have led us to focus much of our work in the following geographic areas:

  • Trinity River watershed
  • Neches River watershed
  • Pedernales River watershed
  • Llano River watershed
  • Medina watershed
  • Lower Brazos watershed
  • Urban areas including Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Austin, and San Antonio

Even if your land is not in one of these areas, contact us!  We will work with you to determine whether a conservation easement is the best option for your land.  If we can’t work with you, we will try and refer you to an organization that can.