Bayou Land Conservancy (BLC) has been at the forefront of land preservation in
the Houston region for more than 20 years. The organization was formed in 1996
as a land conservation committee of Bayou Preservation Association (BPA),
a group dedicated to protecting the bayou systems of Houston. BPA was
organized by local environmental hero Terry Hershey, and her mark on BLC’s
early years remains evident.
To better protect the bayous, and the water that flows into them, Bayou Lands
(yes, plural) Conservancy was launched to directly protect the floodplain and
green spaces surrounding these streams. For a brief time, the organization was
known as Southeast Texas Conservancy, and later as Legacy Land Trust.
In 2010, the organization decided to reclaim its original name (deleting the “s” in
Lands) and reverted to Bayou Land Conservancy in November 2010.
Recognized by the Land Trust Alliance, BLC proudly became a nationally
accredited land trust in 2012. The process of accreditation involved a rigorous
review and analysis of previous projects, organizational structure, and ability to
steward land in perpetuity. Accreditation is a prestigious acknowledgment that
BLC is committed to professional excellence and to maintaining the public’s trust
in our conservation work.
In 2018, our accreditation was renewed, confirming our compliance with national quality standards and providing continued assurance to donors and landowners of our commitment to forever steward their lands.
We have accomplished much since our first conservation easement was signed in 1996. As of today, we have protected nearly 14,000 acres of precious green space at 61 preserves in the Houston region. Our name exemplifies the work we’ve been doing for more than 20 years – protecting land along streams for flood control, clean water, and wildlife.