The Texas Land Conservancy (TLC) is a non-governmental, 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of land in Texas. In essence, we are in the business of protecting natural areas from the negative effects of land fragmentation and poorly-planned development. Land conserved by TLC will be protected forever from becoming a subdivision, strip mall, or parking lot.

We help landowners find an economical, realistic alternative to selling their land to a developer that allows ownership to remain in their hands, but puts the responsibility of conserving the land in ours. Many of these properties are working farms or ranches, while others contain important habitat for wildlife and native plant communities. All of these lands are beautiful examples of Texas’ natural heritage. TLC’s work ensures that economic viability and growth is balanced with what makes us Texan: our rural heritage, our open-spaces, our farms and ranches, our scenic vistas, and our natural resources.

Why is land conservation important in the U.S.?

  • Every year, the United States loses 2,000,000 acres of farms, forests, and open space, and 100,000 acres of wetlands to the pressures of poorly-planned development.
  • Funding for public land conservation has decreased significantly over the past 40 years. Private land conservation by land trusts, on the other hand, has increased over 50% in the past decade.

Why is land conservation important in Texas?

  • Texas loses over 200,000 acres of open land every year to the pressures of development and urban sprawl.
  • Ninety-five percent of Texas’ land is privately-owned, which is vasty different from other western states of our scale, natural beauty and environmental diversity. Because of this, private lands conservation is one of the only comprehensive methods for protecting lands in Texas.
  • The population of Texas will grow 71% in the next 30 years, with pressure most heavily on land in counties surrounding our urban areas.
  • From 1997 to 2007, the top 50 high-growth counties accounted for 93% of the state’s population growth, while experiencing 50% of the decline in agricultural lands.*
  • Overall, Texas experiences a loss of about 270 acres of agricultural land for each 1,000 new residents added to the population.*


*These statistics come from the Texas Lands Trends project, a research collaboration between Texas A&M University Institute of Renewable Natural Resources and the American Farmland Trust.