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The mission of the Texas Land Conservancy is to create a diverse and expanding network of protected natural areas throughout the state by fostering a community of Texans who share a commitment to enhancing our quality of life through land conservation.
Texas Land Conservancy was founded in 1982 by intrepid Dallas attorney Edward C."Ned" Fritz known by many as the Father of Texas Conservation. In response to the increasing demand on land and water for development, Ned realized there was need for a statewide land trust that would take on the preservation of lands both large and small, public and private especially in Texas, where the majority of land was and is still privately owned. Ned gathered a group of grassroots volunteers to establish a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, and the Natural Area Preservation Society (NAPA), now Texas Land Conservancy (TLC), was born. Today, thanks to the foresight of a few individuals, TLC has grown to be one of the oldest and largest land trusts in the state. TLC focuses on projects that are ecologically representative of each of Texas' ten eco-regions, and places high priority on lands connected to critical water resources and are home to threatened or endangered species.