Land Conservation


Land is America’s most important and valuable resource. Conserving land helps ensure clean air and drinking water, food security, scenic landscapes and views, recreational places, and habitat for the diversity of life on earth. Across the country, local citizens and communities have come together to form land trusts to save the places they love. Community leaders in land trusts throughout the country have worked with willing landowners to save over 47 million acres of farms, forests, parks and places people care about. Strong, well-managed land trusts provide local communities with effective champions and caretakers of their critical land resources, and safeguard the land through the generations.

Since its establishment in 1987, GBF has conserved over 8,000 acres of coastal habitat through property acquisitions and conservation easements and is working to substantially increase acreage conserved in the coming years.  GBF is a member of the National Land Trust Alliance (LTA) and has adopted and supports the Standards and Practices of LTA. The Foundation is also a participating member of the Texas Land Trust Council (TLTC).

Land Trust Accreditation

seal_greenAfter an extensive evaluation, GBF was awarded accreditation by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission on July 31, 2013. GBF is among 398 land trusts from across the country, including 13 in Texas, that have been awarded accreditation since the fall of 2008. GBF is now able to display a seal of accreditation indicating to the public that it meets national standards for excellence, upholds the public trust, and ensures that conservation efforts are permanent. The seal is a mark of distinction in land conservation. This designation helps GBF portray credibility and stability as a non-profit organization. We look forward to growing as a land trust and continuing to preserve and enhance important coastal habitats within the Galveston Bay watershed.


Read more about our accreditation in our Press Release (PDF)!

Current GBF Conservation Properties

Visit Turtle Bayou Nature Preserve

Fee Simple PropertiesConservation Easements
Shipe Woods, Chambers CountySunset Cove, Galveston County
Rich Sanctuary, Chambers CountyCrystal Dunes, Galveston County
Pierce Marsh, Galveston CountyMoore Wildlife Sanctuary, Galveston County
Sweetwater, Galveston CountyMelinda’s Marsh, Galveston County
Frost-Deen Sanctuary, Galveston CountyTurtle Bayou, Chambers County
Texas City Preserve, Galveston CountyCelanese, Harris County
Burnet Bay, Harris CountyExploration Green, Harris County
Wright Preserve, Galveston CountyGreens Bayou, Harris County
Cotton Bayou, Chambers County

Trinity Bay Education Center

Gordy Marsh, Chambers County
Total Acreage: 3,334.93Total Acerage: 4349.31

Conserve Your Property with GBF

The Foundation is actively seeking to expand our land conservation efforts within the Galveston Bay Watershed. Our land conservation program focuses on protecting a wide range of habitats and land uses including freshwater and estuarine wetlands, tallgrass prairies, coastal forests, and various agricultural lands. Conservation easements are an excellent tool for private landowners who wish to conserve natural resources on their land in perpetuity, but also wish to retain ownership of the land to enjoy and pass on to future generations. Donors of land or easements can often take advantage of federal tax incentives for the value of their donation.

When the Galveston Bay Foundation acquires a property or a conservation easement, we accept the responsibility to maintain  and steward the property and/or easement forever. For that reason, the Foundation carefully evaluates each project on a case-by-case basis to ensure the property supports our conservation goals and strategic plan. Also, the Foundation maintains a Stewardship Fund, which is designed to provide the financial resources necessary to maintain our land holdings and conservation easements in perpetuity.

If you’re interested in learning more about land conservation opportunities, please contact Matt Singer at 281.332.3381 x206 or