McAllis Point, TexasPhoto credit: Jim Olive

At The Trust for Public Land, we create parks and protect land for people – for you – ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come.
We believe people need and deserve access to nature. We believe our work should span cities to wilderness. We believe that when we engage community, we create community. And we believe equity means everyone.
This is how we’re working in Texas to make this vision a reality:

  • Smart Growth for Dallas is the foundation of our work in North Texas. The multi-disciplinary effort uses computer modelling and community engagement to help identify and protect Dallas’s most important natural places, improving the environmental, social, and economic resilience of Dallas. Learn more about how we're using data to protect nature and grow smartly and resiliently in Dallas.
  • Connecting People to Urban Nature: Dallas' Five Mile Creek runs for 15 miles through the hills and valleys of southwest Dallas, draining an approximately 70 square mile area of the city. The watershed is home to some of Dallas’ most iconic natural landscapes, from native blackland prairie to limestone-bottom creeks. We're working with partners to create a new vision for a greenbelt network to protect the watershed, connect the people of Dallas with these heritage landscapes, and to provide a series of parks that will improve the health and well-being of Dallas residents.
  • Protecting Texas' Iconic Landscapes: Protecting the iconic beauty of Texas is the only way to ensure continued enjoyment of the state's incredible natural places. We're working in strategic locations around the state where we know we can use our national strategies and processes to make the most impact for the future of Texans. 

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Local offices

325 N. St Paul St., Suite 2210 | Dallas, Texas  75201
Phone: (469) 615-5448 | Email Address: texas@tpl.org

Texas projects

Projects (sorted alphabetically):

Balcones National Wildlife Refuge, Texas

The Trust for Public Land has helped protect more than 2,500 acres of dense woodlands for the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge in Travis County.

Barton Creek, Texas

Between 1992 and 1999 TPL has helped conserve many acres of the Barton Creek greenbelt, which begins at Barton Springs, near Austin, Texas, creating a large metropolitan park.

Brays Bayou, Texas

In the fall of 2007, The Trust for Public Land completed a series of conservation acquisitions for the Houston Parks Board, establishing a new park with a linear hike-and-bike trail along Brays Bayou in the East End.

Buffalo Bayou, Houston, Texas

In 2004, The Trust for Public Land purchased ten acres on a sweeping bend in the Buffalo Bayou for a new waterfront park, providing the crowded East End of Houston with access to this historic waterway.

Central Texas Program

With the projected growth of the San Antonio-Austin corridor, TPL is poised to engage within the urban framework of central Texas cities to assure park and playground opportunities in underserved and park-poor communities.

Central Texas Greenprint

In 2009, the counties of Bastrop, Caldwell and Hays participated in a community-driven process to complete a regional greenprint for all of Central Texas.

Coastal Texas Program

In Texas, the nation's "Third Coast" stretches 367 miles from Louisiana to Mexico and includes the state's rarest environments. Along the coast are ancient hardwood forests; coastal prairies, barrier islands, bays and wetlands; and bayous that reach deep into the heart of Houston, the nation's 4th-largest city, and a key port to and producer of much of the nation's domestic energy.

Photo of people with shovels  digging up earth

Beginning in 2017, The Trust for Public Land, Texas Trees Foundation, and The Nature Conservancy have collaborated on an initiative to combat the urban heat island effect, provide greater connectivity among the community's anchor institutions, and improve community health in South Oak Cliff.

Eagle Mountain Lake, Texas

The 400 acres of rolling, oak-dotted prairie surrounding Eagle Mountain Lake, near Fort Worth also features a sandy lakeshore and habitat for white-tailed deer, wild turkeys, raccoons, and migratory birds.

Government Canyon Natural Area, Texas

TPL helped conserve a former ranch Northwest of San Antonio, Texas, that lies directly over the Edwards Aquifer by working with a partnership of private groups and government agencies to buy the land from the Resolution Trust Corporation, and help the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department establish the Government Canyon State Natural Area.

McAllis Point, Texas

One of the last large undeveloped tracts on the west end of Galveston Island, the 300 acres of prairie and marsh at McAllis Point offer critical habitat for birds, including sandhill cranes, which nest there from November to March.

North Texas Program

TPL places an emphasis in north Texas on our urban programs in Dallas and our evolving work and program within the watershed of the Trinity River.

Ostermayer Bayou, Texas

Ostermayer Bayou, a 45-acre property on the Texas coast, was a key site on the conservation radar for West Galveston when The Trust for Public Land purchased and protected the land.

Palo Duro Canyon, Texas

Palo Duro Canyon in the Texas Panhandle, the nation's second largest canyon after the Grand Canyon, was mostly protected as a state park when The Trust for Public Land helped protect a large swath of privately owned land on the rim that had been slated for development.

Peaceful Springs Preserve

The iconic Hill Country of Central Texas is a place of raw beauty, serenity and solace, yet is under tremendous development pressure from nearby Austin. Few large tracts of land, like the Peaceful Springs Preserve, escape the bulldozer's blade. Protecting Peaceful Springs Preserve not only expands the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge's public holdings, but also protects vanishing habitat for endangered songbirds and migrating Monarch butterflies.

Purgatory Creek, Texas

Purgatory Creek flows into the San Marcos River just south of the rapidly-growing central Texas City of San Marcos. The creek is part of an extensive series of watersheds and rivers located in the southern portion of Hays County, and it lies directly over the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone.

River Ranch is located near the town of West Columbia and is an untouched and spectacular natural landscape just 60 miles southeast of Houston.


Established in 1968, the San Bernard Refuge is located in the "central flyway," one of four major migratory routes over the continental U.S.. And with it's location an hour from Houston, it's also a haven for urban residents and visitors, providing numerous opportunities for public recreation.

Boat dock on Lake Conroe

Through community engagement and state-of-the-art computer modeling, the West Fork San Jacinto Watershed Greenprint blends community priorities with science and research to identify lands with the highest value for voluntary conservation.

Using funds from a local bond measure, we protected more than 1,000 acres of rolling hills with limestone outcroppings northeast of San Antonio on the Wind Gate Ranch.

Yegua Knobbs, TX

In 2004, TPL and the local Pines and Prairies Land Trust protected 302 acres of land including two of the forested, sandstone mesas known as the Yegua Knobbs, creating the largest conservation parcel in either Bastrop or Lee county.