Each year, Texan by Nature (TxN) recognizes six innovative conservation projects in Texas that take a science-based and results driven approach to conservation through the Conservation Wrangler program. Projects focus on the positive impact of people, prosperity, and natural resources.
The Trinity Park Conservancy and its Trinity River Conservation Corps program, which was created in partnership with Groundwork Dallas, is being recognized as a 2020 Conservation Wrangler.
“Every year, Texan by Nature shines a light on conservation stewards and their efforts to take care of the state I’m proud to call home,” Laura Bush, the former First Lady and founder of Texan by Nature, said in a statement. “The Conservation Wrangler program proves that collaborative partnerships in conservation yield great benefits for Texas and its people.”
Through the Conservation Wrangler program, the Trinity Park Conservancy and the Trinity River Conservation Corps plan to work with the TxN team and be provided with 12 to 18 months of program support and resources, the organization said in a release.
The Trinity River Conservation Corps provides a youth employment program concentrated on improving conservation efforts along the Trinity River Corridor. The Corps also offers education, service, and leadership opportunities that are focused on working with youth from historically marginalized areas, the organization said. Its projects will include the stewardship of Trinity River wetlands, with projects in Harold Simmons Park, Elm Fork, and the Great Trinity Forest.
Founded in 2004 initially as The Trinity Trust Foundation, the Trinity Park Conservancy was created to support and put in place recreational, economic development, and environmental stewardship components within Dallas’ Trinity River Corridor Project, according to its website. It says it has raised more than $115 million in private philanthropy for projects such as the Margaret Hunt Hill and Margaret McDermott Bridge.
Respect Big Bend, the Paso del Norte Trail, Texas Brigades, Exploration Green, and Texas Children in Nature were also chosen as 2020 Conservation Wranglers. These projects impact land, water, and habitats, spanning all of Texas’ 254 counties and 12 ecological regions, the organization said.
TxN is an Austin-based conservation nonprofit seeking to bring together conservation and business leaders who believe Texas’ prosperity depends on its natural resource conservation. Last year, the Trinity Coalition-Trinity River Paddling Trail was recognized as a Conservation Wrangler.