Powderhorn Ranch Aerial photo of Matagorda Bay coastline at Powderhorn Ranch, 2014.  Photo by Earl Nottingham, Texas Parks Wildlife.

For over 30 years, several conservation organizations and wildlife agencies have contemplated safeguarding the 17,351-acre Powderhorn Ranch along the Texas coast in Calhoun County.  This spectacular piece of property is one of the largest remaining tracts of unspoiled coastal prairie in… Read More

Boggy Slough Forestland along the Neches River

For nearly a century, East Texas has drawn upon its natural resources, particularly its magnificent forests, as a source of both jobs and places to enjoy the great outdoors. But this legacy is at risk. In recent years, timber companies… Read More

San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge migratory birds san bernard nwr

Our passion for conservation means we’re dedicated to saving land—no matter how complex the project. That’s why, over the past few years, the Fund has helped expand the San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge by more than 5,000 acres. The San… Read More

Bobcat Ridge Bobcat Ridge

To save some of America’s best forests before they become shopping malls, vineyards or subdivisions, we deploy our Working Forest Fund, a dedicated source of capital. Our goal is to purchase and manage key forests as working land that’s sustainably… Read More

Neches River Kayaking on Neches River

Often referred to as Texas’ last “wild” river, the Neches flows more than 415 miles through east Texas, primarily through the Big Thicket region, and into Sabine Lake on the Gulf Coast, forming a natural boundary between many counties including Van Zandt and… Read More

Big Thicket National Preserve Trail at Big Thicket, Texas

Renowned as the “biological crossroads of North America,” Big Thicket is a remarkable mix of southeastern swamps, eastern deciduous forest, central plains, pine savannas and dry sandhills. There are 10 distinct ecosystems within the nearly 106,000-acre preserve that are home… Read More

Fort Davis National Historic Site Fort Davis Texas

The Fund protects the landscapes that define America’s history. That’s why we worked with a group of partners to protect lands around Fort Davis National Historic Site in Texas. Although many of the original buildings and most of the surrounding landscape… Read More

Village Creek State Park Village Creek meets Neches River

The 69-mile long Village Creek is recognized as one of the last free-flowing streams in East Texas. It’s a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts and home to rare fish and mussels. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) worked for some time… Read More

Texas Pineywoods Experience pineywoods

The Conservation Fund has deep roots in east Texas, where we’ve worked to protect roughly 33,000 acres of Big Thicket National Preserve, celebrate and preserve the Neches River, and plan for growth in and around Lufkin. To blend the best… Read More

Green Infrastructure Plans For Houston-Galveston Aerial of Galveston Bay, Texas

Greater Houston is America’s sixth-largest metroplex—and growing. In less than 30 years, the Houston-Galveston area is expected to gain 3.5 million people, bringing the area population to nearly 10 million. Now is the time for officials, planners, builders and other… Read More

Helping Houston Expand City Parks Houston skyline

The Houston Parks Board and its funding partner, the Houston Endowment, have committed to being strategic with parkland acquisition, so that conservation protects environmentally significant areas while adhering to master plans. With land costs high and minimal vacant land that’s… Read More

Green Infrastructure Plan In East Texas Angelina Lufkin Green Infrastructure map

Lufkin–Angelina County is part of the colorful east Texas Pineywoods. In 2008, we completed a green infrastructure plan to help the region protect the best of its natural assets and encourage economic development. We convened a leadership forum of 50… Read More


Andy Jones Austin, TX
(512) 477-1712

Texas Director Andy Jones has been at The Conservation Fund since 1997, helping to protect more than 100,000 acres of state parks, national wildlife refuges, preserves and other special places. Andy, an avid rock climber, is based in Austin. He holds a B.S. in Geography from Texas A&M University.

Julie Shackleford
Julie Shackelford Nacogdoches, TX
(936) 468-5490

Julie is the Fund’s Texas Programs Director. Please contact her for more information about our initiatives and projects or if you would like to partner with the Fund in Texas.