Terese Tarlton Hershey

Terese "Terry" Tarlton Hershey has been described as "a force of nature," "a tireless advocate, imaginative visionary thinker," and possessing "the ability to bring different interests together to resolve conflicts and reach consensus." She aided in the founding of the Bayou Preservation Association in the 1960s. She was a founding member of the Houston Audubon Society, Urban Harvest, Memorial Park Conservancy, The Park People, and more. She became a driving force behind the formation of Citizens Who Care, which evolved into the Citizens Environmental Coalition (CEC).

On the statewide and national arenas, she was appointed to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission by Governor Ann Richards, and was a founding member of the National Wildflower Center in Austin, which was launched by Ms. Lady Bird Johnson. Hershey served on the board of National Recreation and Parks Association for a total of 12 years. She has been a board member of the National Recreation Foundation since 1989. And she has served on three other national boards of conservation organizations: The Trust for Public Land, the Audubon Society, and the National Association of Floodplain Managers Foundation.

Hershey established a family foundation committed to environmental causes, the Jacob and Terese Hershey Foundation. She has been awarded numerous awards for her contributions to the cause of conservation.