On the arid western border of the Texas Hill Country, halfway between Del Rio and Sonora, lies one of the jewels of The Nature Conservancy: Dolan Falls Preserve.
Our restoration work at Clive Runnels Family Mad Island Marsh Preserve increases freshwater inflows to enhance and reestablish marsh habitat through water management, salinity monitoring and other measures.
The 33,000-acre Davis Mountains Preserve encompasses the heart of a functioning landscape with intact watersheds and a unique assemblage of animals and plants.
In 1993, the Conservancy and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department joined forces to purchase 7,000 acres to add to the 483-acre Caddo Lake State Park to create the Caddo Lake State Park and Wildlife Management Area. And, after years of work, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service opened in 2009 the Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge.
At our Independence Creek Preserve in West Texas, we’ve protected roughly seven miles of Independence Creek. The pristine, protected waters within this desert oasis make a substantial contribution to the Lower Pecos River corridor wildlife community downstream
Our Barton Creek Habitat Preserve, nestled along four miles of Barton Creek in southwest Travis County, protects the habitat of two species of endangered songbirds and preserves the quality of water in the Barton Creek watershed.
In 2000, we purchased around 24,500 acres of South Padre Island to protect against beachfront threats to the Kemp's Ridley sea turtle nesting habitat and issues such as declining water quality conditions in the adjacent Laguna Madre.
View from below: Caroline Spring, located at Independence Creek Preserve headquarters produces 3,000 to 5,000 gallons per minute and comprises about 25 percent of the creek’s flow.
We teamed with Travis County to acquire nearly 800 acres of open land to connect Hamilton Pool Preserve and the neighboring Milton Reimers Ranch Park. The result: public access to another 4.5 miles along the Pedernales River and the preservation of water quality at Hamilton Pool.
The Conservancy’s Love Creek Preserve was named for the crystal clear waters of Love Creek, which winds for more than two miles throughout the 1,400-acre preserve. Located in the western Hill Country area, Love Creek ultimately joins with the west prong of the Medina River and contributes to the Edwards Aquifer.
The Devils River and Dolan Creek are replenished by freshwater springs flowing from the bases of towering limestone cliffs. It was the environmental significance of the property's springwater flow that initially sparked the Conservancy's interest in the site.
Protecting Texas' Water
Our projects benefit nearly a dozen different waterways around the state, including the Devils, Blanco, Brazos, Frio, Guadalupe, Nueces, Sabinal and Pedernales Rivers, Barton Creek and Caddo Lake.