Julie Shackelford

Texas Programs Director, Conservation Acquisition 


Julie ShacklefordJulie, who opened The Conservation Fund’s East Texas office in Nacogdoches in 2007, works on land protection projects along the Neches River. She has assisted in more than 50 land acquisition transactions for federal, state and private partners that have protected 90,000 acres of land throughout Texas.

These transactions included land added to the Big Thicket National Preserve and the Neches River, Anahuac and San Bernard National Wildlife Refuges, private conservation easements and state parks and wildlife management areas.  

Working with local communities, she spearheaded the establishment of the Neches-Davy Crockett Paddling Trail and the development of hiking, biking and paddling trail maps in Angelina County.

Julie is the recipient of the 2008 Native Plant Society of Texas’ Nancy Benedict Memorial Award, the 2003-2004 Outstanding Technical Article for the Texas Chapter of the Wildlife Society and the 1998 National Wetlands Award. 

Julie started at The Conservation Fund in 2004 and holds a Master’s of Environmental Management degree from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment as well as a B.A. in Biology from Carleton College in Minnesota.

Contact: julieshackelford@conservationfund.org   Phone: 936-468-5490

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