The Texas Landscape Project seeks to give a geographic, visual meaning to places that have played a role in the state’s environmental history, using this website as well as a book published by Texas A&M University Press in June 2016.

The website and atlas is a companion to three other efforts: one is the Texas Notebook Project, a collection of drawings of animals native to the state. A second is the Texas Legacy Project, a video-based oral history of conservation leaders in the state, excerpts of which can be seen in the book, “The Texas Legacy Project: Stories of Courage and Conservation“. And a third is the Texas Fauna Project, an exploration of the state’s environmental history looked at through our evolving relationship with our fellow creatures.

All four Projects are sponsored by the non-profit, tax-exempt organization, the Conservation History Association of Texas, which was founded in 1998 to chronicle the effort to understand and protect Texas’ natural resources and public health.

Association work is coordinated by David Todd, with important contributions from Jonathan Ogren (cartography and layout) and David Weisman (camerawork, direction, and editing), as well as Jason Lively, Sam Burns, Scott Hoenes and Madeline Moya (website design), Will Hornaday (graphics), Robin Johnson (transcription), Sarah Rehm (website design), Gary Spalding (sound and light), and Sandra Skrei (education).

For more information about the Project and sponsoring Association, please contact us here.


The Association is managed by a board of trustees that includes Janice Bezanson, Susan Peterson, Irene Pickhardt and Ted Siff. Additional help is provided by a Board of Advisors for the Texas Legacy Project, including Stephen Klineberg, Lydia Saldana, Louis Marchiafava, Marty Melosi, and Char Miller. The Texas Landscape Project is guided by its own Board of Advisors, including David Bezanson and Robin Doughty.


The Association has been very fortunate to have had several key partners, including the Briscoe Center for American History (archiving), Texas A&M University Press (publication), Texas Parks and Wildlife (video footage), and the University of Texas School of Information (online hosting and outreach).

Special individual thanks are due to Judy Holloway (transcription) and Zach Vowell (rich media) at the Briscoe Center, Richard Roberts (video footage) and Lydia Saldana (communications) at Texas Parks and Wildlife, and Quinn Stewart (rich media) at the University of Texas.


Current information about the finances of the sponsoring group, the Conservation History Association of Texas, can be found on GuideStar and Charity Navigator.

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