The Texas Master Naturalist, Blackland Prairie Chapter is one of 48 recognized chapters throughout Texas.  Our chapter meets in McKinney Texas and draws members from communities in Collin, Hunt, and Rockwall counties and adjacent areas.  Our well-trained chapter members volunteer in numerous local efforts to help people learn about and appreciate Texas's natural resources.

The members of Friends of the Brazos River are concerned about restoring a sound ecological environment to the Brazos, especially between Lakes Possum Kingdom and Whitney. We invite you to join in our efforts... Several years ago, the Brazos River Conservation Coalition, a group of concerned landowners and citizens in North Texas, succeeded in passage of SB-1354 which created the John Graves Scenic Riverway in Parker and Palo Pinto Counties.

Friends of White Rock Lake is a Dallas nonprofit focused on funding and research to sustain, conserve, restore and protect endangered, extirpated and rare native plant and wildlife species and habitat at White Rock Lake Park in partnership with Dallas Parks and Texas Parks and Wildlife.

Dallas Trekkers is a 501c3 non-profit organization that promotes walking by creating walking routes in the DFW area and scheduling walking events. All of its events are open to the public. 

 

Texas Conservation Allaince is a dynamic group of individuals and organizations protecting Texas’ rivers, forests, coastlines, wildlife, and other natural habitats. The Alliance harnesses the energies and experience of Texans from varied backgrounds who share a common interest in protecting our state’s natural resources. TCA has an exceptional record of accomplishment over its forty-year history.  Texas Conservation Alliance builds grassroots coalitions of conservationists, sportsmen, landowners, advocates for nature tourism and outdoor recreation, business people, timber industry leaders and elected officials to influence public policies that affect the environment and to solve natural resource problems. We invite individuals and organizations to join the Alliance and help us provide a natural legacy for future generations of Texans!

As a citizen lobbyist organization, Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL) is creating the political will for a livable world by empowering individuals to experience breakthroughs exercising their personal and political power.  

Describing New York City's first cohousing project, a New York Times article said cohousing speaks to people who want to own a home but not feel lost in an impersonal city. That's how we feel.

And we want to live sustainably, with a smaller carbon footprint. To know our neighbors, grow some of our own food and use our united buying power to support local farmers and dairies. We want to model a more resilient way of life for the DFW metroplex.

We want to live in a diverse community, with old and young, singles and couples, varied backgrounds.

We're growing a community of like-minded folks who'd like to live cooperatively in urban Dallas, close to a DART station.

Our vision is that the community is affordable, with a lease-to-own option if possible.

We're at the forming stage, which means we're drawing together a core group of people willing to commit financially.

We've located some possible properties; the investor-members will determine which property works for our shared vision.

Meet other local people who are making their lives more sustainable--whether in leaps or tiny steps. We are interested in many areas of sustainable living: organic gardening, permaculture, starting a green community, homesteading, lobbying our political leaders to create a more sustainable environment, climate change, peak 0il, and preparedness.

Most of us are urban or exurban dwellers who are trying to create a positive impact on our environment and develop varied degrees of self sufficiency. Some of us are also interested in creating/moving to a sustainable eco-community.

If you are interested in living more sustainably in your own local area east of Dallas, please join us as we learn the way of green and simple. We will network with each other; we will have outside talks on sustainable living from Solar to Rainwater Harvesting, from Permaculture to Organic Gardening/Farming, and from green remodeling to energy-efficient new building; we will invite local officials to our meetings in order to make our towns more sustainable and resilient.

If you reside (or want to reside) east of Dallas in towns such as Rockwall, Royse City, Heath, Forney, Terrell, Quinlan, Greenville, Wylie. Murphy, Sachse, Rowlett, Sunnyvale, Lone Oak, or anywhere in that general area, please come learn to make life easier, less expensive, and more sustainable with those in nearby communities. This is the perfect area for a Transition Initiative bioregion!

Close to home--I am tired of driving to Dallas to meet like-minded people. Maybe you are, too???

City of Plano's Sustainability & Environmental Services Department.

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