Saving America's Great Outdoors

The Nature Conservancy has long recognized the importance of America’s public lands. Americans look to our beloved landscape not only to support and enrich our lives, but also in overcoming times of crisis.

From the Civil War to the Great Depression, America has turned to conservation to sustain and heal our nation.

  • The siege of Petersburg, Virginia, had only just begun when President Lincoln authorized California to protect Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove "for public use, resort and recreation."
  • To save a generation of young men as well as our land, President Franklin Roosevelt launched the Civilian Conservation Corps in Virginia’s national forests. The CCC ultimately restored natural resources in every state (including Alaska and Hawaii, then U.S. territories) and enhanced access for all Americans. 

Today, the Conservancy supports policy initiatives such as America’s Great Outdoors and urges a permanent commitment to the Land and Water Conservation Fund

Of course, the Conservancy also has a long history of working with local, state and federal entities to establish and expand popular and iconic places. While the sites below represent only a fraction of our projects in Texas, we hope these highlights will inspire you to explore and protect our great outdoors
After all, this land is your land.

Mad Island Marsh Wildlife Management Area

Caddo Lake Wildlife Management Area

Honey Creek State Natural Area

San Jacinto State Historical Park

Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge


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