Starting from an all-volunteer organization, TLC has seen a lot of changes over the last 39 years—leading up to now with a professional staff of six. As our portfolio has grown to a total of 115,223 protected acres, we have become increasingly aware of the need to deepen our work in specific regions and better support both staff and landowners with the resources they need.
This year, TLC has implemented a new regional stewardship team structure with Amber Arseneaux focused in North Texas, Stephen Ramirez in the Hill Country, our newest addition to the TLC team, Tyler Brady in East Texas, and Ellen Gass transitioning to Conservation Director —a dramatic shift from the previous structure of two stewardship staff splitting 120 properties across the entire state.
This new approach is an important opportunity to strengthen relationships in each region, provide greater land stewardship, and increase our ability to protect more land in each area.
This will also have a significant impact our communications and outreach. With staff dedicated to each region, we will have the ability to tailor our communications to local projects, impacts, and opportunities, and host events across the state, providing you with more connections to the lands you are helping to protect.