Each year, millions of people visit the upper Texas coast to relax, play and to take in the natural beauty.
They come here to boat, fish, kayak, spot birds or just laze around the beach. We welcome them. But most visitors might not know about all the people who work behind the scenes to keep the bays, bayous, beaches, Gulf, wetlands and coastal prairies beautiful, healthy and protected for generations to come. In doing so, they’re helping to stop overfishing and to save endangered species, including our beloved sea turtles, while allowing all of us to enjoy these Texas treasures.
This issue of Coast Monthly shines a light on just a few of the many people who work tirelessly on conservation, whether they work for the state, federal government or are local volunteers. They sometimes work against great odds and with little funding. It’s easy to take them for granted.
Although we couldn’t possibly include all the conservationists in one issue, this is a start and part of our commitment to continue through the months to highlight people who make our world more beautiful.
We hope you find this issue as inspiring as we do. And we hope you might be motivated to volunteer or support these organizations in your own way. If there are organizations or people we left out, please let us know. We’re happy to feature them in future issues.
As you enjoy the summer here, remember the people who work year-round to conserve the habitat.