Julie Shackelford

Texas State Director, Conservation Acquisition


Julie ShacklefordJulie Shackelford, The Conservation Fund’s Texas Director, has been with the Fund since 2004. She has focused on protecting, through acquisition and conservation easements, some of Texas’ most iconic landscapes. Since 2004, Julie has raised over $100 million from public and private sources to permanently conserve over 100,000 acres of land. Her work targets regions including the Big Thicket National Preserve and the Neches River, the Upper Texas coast at McFaddin and Anahuac National Wildlife Refuges, the Rio Grande Valley at Laguna Atascosa NWR, and state lands including Village Creek SP, Powderhorn Ranch and the JD Murphree Wildlife Management Area.

In East Texas, she established the first designated Paddling Trail along the Neches River through the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s program. She has worked with Angelina County to highlight and promote the county’s natural assets through the development of hiking and biking trail maps. She was a recipient of the 2020 Terry Hershey Award for Texas Women in Conservation. Julie holds a Master of Environmental Management degree from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment and a B.A. in Biology from Carleton College in Minnesota. She lives in Nacogdoches with her husband Cliff and two children.

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

Projects

Protecting Some of the Rarest Species in Texas at Holly Beach

Protecting Some of the Rarest Species in Texas at Holly Beach

A stunning and ecologically important southern Texas landscape—providing habitat for some of the rarest species in the state—was slated...
Sabine Ranch, Texas

Sabine Ranch, Texas

Located 75 miles east of Houston, the 12,376-acre Sabine Ranch is almost entirely within the boundary of the McFaddin...
Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge

Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge

The elusive and solitary ocelot, a small wild cat with markings similar to a leopard or jaguar, once ranged...
Village Creek State Park

Village Creek State Park

The 69-mile long Village Creek is recognized as one of the last free-flowing streams in East Texas. It’s a...
Texas Pineywoods Experience

Texas Pineywoods Experience

The Conservation Fund has deep roots in east Texas, where we’ve worked to protect roughly 33,000 acres of Big Thicket...
Neches River

Neches River

Often referred to as Texas’ last “wild” river, the Neches flows more than 415 miles through east Texas, primarily through the...
Green Infrastructure Plan in Texas Pineywoods

Green Infrastructure Plan in Texas Pineywoods

Lufkin–Angelina County is part of the colorful east Texas Pineywoods. In 2008, we completed a green infrastructure plan to...
Boggy Slough

Boggy Slough

For nearly a century, East Texas has drawn upon its natural resources, particularly its magnificent forests, as a source...
Bobcat Ridge

Bobcat Ridge

To save some of America’s best forests before they become shopping malls, vineyards or subdivisions, we deploy our Working...
Big Thicket National Preserve

Big Thicket National Preserve

Renowned as the “biological crossroads of North America,” Big Thicket in east Texas is a remarkable mix of southeastern...