Dansko Days benefitting the Texas Land Conservancy

Dansko Days benefitting the Texas Land Conservancy

In the past 10 years, Texas has lost a staggering 3,000,000 acres of open land to growth and development. Where did you love to play as a child? Does that place still exist as you remember it? For many of us, the answer sadly is no. But, thanks to the Texas Land Conservancy, the answer for some is yes.

The Texas Land Conservancy was founded in 1982 by Ned Fritz, known as the father of Texas conservation. Responding to the encroachment of development on natural areas in Texas, Fritz decided that there was a need for a land trust that would take on the preservation of small but important properties that were not large enough to be saved by other organizations. Using conservation easements the Texas Land Conservancy has preserved the physical and ecological integrity of wildlife habitat, native plant communities and scenic landscapes across the state for the benefit of present and future generations of Texans.

The Ferguson Ranch in Gillespie County

The Ferguson Ranch in Gillespie County

Dansko, through their Texas area rep, has become a big supporter of the Texas Land Conservancy. For each pair of full price Dansko shoes sold at Whole Earth Provision Co. during Dansko Days, from November 6th through November 15th, our Dansko rep will donate $5 to the Texas Land Conservancy! Dansko Shoes are loved by folks who spend many hours of the day on their feet: teachers, nurses, sales clerks, chefs and their kitchen staff. Dansko shoes are comfortable and they have style. We hope you’ll stop by your favorite Whole Earth and take a look at our Dansko shoes. You’ll find so much more than a basic clog. You may find your new favorite pair of shoes, and you’ll be supporting the Texas Land Conservancy with your purchase.

Most of the property protected by the Texas Land Conservancy is not open to the public. Conservation easements limit development and provide for restoration and land management, but the land still remains in private hands. However, there are nine sites open to the public. Two are in major Texas cities: Oak Cliff Nature Preserve in Dallas and Cibolo Creek Preserve in San Antonio. Throughout the year, some of the protected properties are open to the public. You can learn about these special days by signing for the group’s emails or social media posts on their website.