The Texas Real Estate Advocacy & Defense Coalition (TREAD)

Contact: Jessica Karlsruher

Phone: 737-234-6259

Email: jessica@treadcoalition.org

Website: www.treadcoalition.org

 

The Texas Real Estate Advocacy & Defense Coalition (TREAD) is a bipartisan, member-based advocacy association that advocates for and defends Texas landowner rights at the federal, state, and local levels. We monitor relevant issues in the Texas Legislature, such as property taxes, water rights, and eminent domain. We also partner with professionals and organizations who advocate for sound public policy and maintain a commitment to protecting private property rights, landowners, and the rural communities they live in.

Some of our Programs include:

Educational Workshops
The TREAD Coalition organizes educational workshops across the state to educate property owners and real estate professionals on issues affecting their land, communities, and pocketbook. The purpose of these workshops is to bring together people in communities affected by legislation, development, or other property-related matters that fall in TREAD’s purview. For example, we organized more than 40 workshops in Central Texas centered around a pipeline that was being built through the hill country, impacting natural habitats and private properties during its construction. These workshops have been crucial to building our membership base, spreading awareness, and sharing the tools necessary for landowners to advocate on their own behalf.

TREAD Talks
TREAD Talks provides information and insight on rural issues by inviting seasoned experts and thought leaders to participate in a panel discussion and provide an overview of the history and background of a specific topic in Texas and discuss ways that landowners can work together with industry to find solutions while being partners in that process. Additionally, panelists speak about the role their individual organizations have in supporting rural landowners and their approach to tackling critical issues that rural communities face. These talks are streamed on Facebook live, and they are archived on our YouTube page as well as through our membership portal as a benefit of support.

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Bayou Preservation Association

Contact: Branwen Ranck

Phone: 713-529-6443

Email: info@bayoupreservation.org

Website: www.bayoupreservation.org

Our mission is to celebrate, protect and restore the natural richness of all our bayous and streams.

Our vision is a network of healthy bayous, streams and watersheds.

Our values include science-based policies and actions, collaboration, and community.

At Bayou Preservation Association, we are dedicated to developing collaborative projects and enhancing public awareness about the region’s streams and bayous in order to advance watershed management, conservation, and recreation along these invaluable natural resources. We are unique in that we support all of the area bayous and waterways while also working together with groups that concentrate on a specific bayou and its watershed. From service projects such as tree plantings and clean-ups to educational seminars and festivals and behind-the-scenes advocacy, we promote the health of all waterways within the region. Since 1966, we’ve worked with hundreds of thousands of your neighbors to conserve, protect and restore our natural environment.

The Bayou Preservation Association focuses on four key programs to accomplish its mission to “celebrate, protect and restore the natural richness of all our bayous and streams.” Cross-cutting projects and initiatives – those that address the goals of more than one program – also continue, such as the annual Symposium, public policy review and response, and communications tools.

  • Bayou Citizen Science Program
  • Bayou Appreciation Program
  • Stream Corridor Restoration Program
  • Trash-Free Bayous Program

Our Goals are to increase the understanding of bayous and creeks and their watersheds, to increase stewardship and stewardship opportunities to improve the health of our watersheds and bayous, and to lead on bayou and watershed issues.

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City of San Antonio Office of Sustainability

Contact: Julia Murphy

Phone: (219) 210-6103

E-Mail: sustainabilty@sanantonio.gov

Website: www.sanantonio.gov/sustainability

Through innovative programs focusing on energy efficiency, community and corporate sustainability, and sustainable transportation, the Office of Sustainability is working to make San Antonio a great place to live, work, and play while enhancing the environment, quality-of-life, and our economic vitality.

 

MISSION STATEMENT
Enhancing the environment, quality of life, and economic vitality through innovative programs and policies for all residents, as well as future generations.

VISION
Rising energy costs and increasing concerns about the long term impact of current levels of energy consumption are important issues for the City of San Antonio. Efforts to improve environmental quality and reduce consumption make sense, both social and economically. The Office of Sustainability (OS) for the City of San Antonio provides staff support to City departments, the business community, and other public agencies to develop and implement sustainability initiatives.

 

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Caddo Lake Institute

Contact: Laura-Ashley Overdyke

Phone: (318) 541-6923

E-Mail: info@caddolake.us

Website: www.caddolakeinstitute.org

The Caddo Lake Institute is a non-profit scientific and educational organization founded in 1992 with the mission of protecting the unique treasure that is Caddo Lake. We address issues such as the need to return healthy flows of water to the lake, restore water quality in the watershed, control invasive species, and conserve significant lands. We undertake a variety of programs including endangered species protection, education, land conservation, environmental flows initiative, invasive species management, and wetland restoration.

Caddo Lake Institute is proud to work with local communities, organizations and others to protect the unique treasure that is Caddo Lake. Together we are addressing issues such as the need to return healthy flows of water to Caddo Lake, restore water quality in the watershed, control invasive species, and conserve significant lands. That work has included the designation of wetlands at Caddo Lake as “Wetlands of International Importance” under the Ramsar Convention, an international treaty created in 1971. A healthy watershed supports wildlife and animal habitats, recreation and the local economy.

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Shield Ranch

Contact: Christy Muse

Phone: (512) 476-4816

E-Mail: info@shieldranch.com

Website: www.shieldranch.com

At Shield Ranch, stewarding and protecting the Hill Country ecosystem is our solemn purpose. Located just 18 miles southwest of downtown Austin, we are a 6,800-acre family ranch established in 1938. Today, we are home to a mosaic of habitats, a diverse community of native plants and animals, and over six breathtaking miles of Barton Creek.

 

Through an evolving program of land management, unique nature immersion experiences, and conservation easements with the Nature Conservancy and the City of Austin, Shield Ranch offers something exceptionally rare in our rapidly urbanizing community—a truly wild place. Join us in making sure it stays that way.

 

Visit our website to learn more about our work in land stewardship, advocacy, scientific research, environmental education, conservation easements and historic preservation. The work we do at Shield Ranch and the Shield Ranch Foundation is timeless. We respect the historical and cultural significance of the place and steward and share the Ranch to ensure that the land will always be a resource for future generations.

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Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation

Contact: Susan Houston

Phone: (214) 720-1478

E-Mail: info@tpwf.org

Website: www.tpwf.org

Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation’s mission is to provide private support to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to ensure that all Texans, today and in the future, can enjoy the wild things and wild places of Texas.

Since 1991, Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation has raised private funds to advance Texas’ proud outdoor traditions and conserve our state’s wildlife, habitat and natural resources. Our vision is for all Texans to have access to the wild things and wild places in our state, both now and for generations to come.

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Hill Country Alliance

Contact: Katherine Romans

Phone: (512) 263-9147

E-Mail: info@hillcountryalliance.org

Website: www.hillcountryalliance.org

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The mission of the Hill Country Alliance is to bring together an ever-expanding alliance of groups throughout a multi- county region of Central Texas with the long-term objective of preserving open spaces, water supply, water quality and the unique character of the Texas Hill Country.

The Hill Country Alliance is dedicated to ensuring for future generations an opportunity to enjoy the unique features of the Hill Country region, including the countless spring-fed streams, its multi-ethnic and agricultural heritage, and spectacular scenic beauty.

Encourage responsible water practices – The economy of the Hill Country and land values are dependent upon the water needs of today being balanced among current users, e.g. ranchers, development and the environment, in such a way that does no harm to the streams and aquifers.

Inform the friends of the Hill Country – A key to solving our region’s challenges is to work collaboratively with all interested stakeholders in order to make readily available honest and fair information, along with opportunities for participation in decisions.

Nurture unified support for innovative policy changes – While the actions needed to sustain the Hill Country’s natural features vary across the region – from the rapidly urbanizing southern and eastern portions, to the vast open spaces on the western and northern edges – there is a shared interest in respecting private property rights and encouraging locally grown solutions to complex issues through education.

Support economic development that is compatible with the Hill Country’s unique features – A key to keeping our Hill Country a special place for generations to come is to promote sources of income for landowners and businesses so that ensuing generations are motivated to keep ranches intact and small towns functional.

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