“Ned was fierce, he was funny, and he was fearless. He was also an attorney who knew how to use the law to protect the wild places that he loved. Hail to thee Edward C. Fritz, father of Texas wilderness, founder of the Texas Committee on Natural Resources, and hero of the national forest protection movement. You enriched the lives of all who were blessed to know you." -Andy Mahler, Heartwood

The Texas Land Conservancy was founded in 1982 by an intrepid Dallas attorney deeply committed to conservation, Edward C. “Ned” Fritz. His passion and vision were instrumental in protecting the Big Thicket National Preserve, the first of its kind, as well as tens of thousands of acres with the Texas Land Conservancy. He was truly a voice for the voiceless in the Texas conservation world.

We are honored by the legacy of Ned Fritz, which continues to guide our work today. In his memory, we have established a giving society for the most prominent members of the Texas Land Conservancy.This group, the Ned Fritz Society, will lead the way to a greener future for Texas. Ned Fritz Society members, donors of $1,000 or more gather annually at a memorable farm-to-plate dinner hosted by TLC.

Ned cared deeply about Texas' future. Thank you for joining us in continuing his legacy: 


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