Archive for May, 2016

Texas State Parks Check Presentation

Texas State Parks Check Presentation

We’re sending out a great big Texas Thank You to all of our customers who made donations during April is Texas State Park Month and to everyone who attended the Banff Mountain Film Festival and Radical Reels in Austin back in February. Today, we presented a check for $30,259 to Texas State Parks. This brings the five year total to $148,507! Thank you so much for supporting our Texas State Parks. From left to right Brent Leisure, Director of State Parks, Jack Jones of Whole Earth, Ralph Duggins, Vice Chairman of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission, Joe Jones of Whole Earth, Holland Jones of Whole Earth, Bert Peeples of Whole Earth and Carter Smith, Executive Director of Texas Parks and Wildlife.

Merrel Gives Back supports the Big Bend Conservancy!

Merrel Gives Back supports the Big Bend Conservancy!

Some places on Earth are so beautiful that one can only stand in wonder and gratitude before them. Big Bend National Park is a place of such beauty… a place where the spirit of the land inspires and nourishes the lives of all who walk there…a place of solitude, serenity, and reflection…a place that changes lives through exploration and adventure…a beautiful, coherent, and sublime place that must be protected.
– from the Big Bend Conservancy Vision Statement

Big Bend. The name conjures up vast landscapes filled with mountains, deserts, canyons and a great river. For generations, Texans have loved the place, and sharing Big Bend memories is a surefire way to cement lifelong friendships. The Big Bend Conservancy, formerly known as the Friends of Big Bend National Park, is an organization devoted to preserving the Park, enhancing educational opportunities, and providing hospitality for visitors. Whole Earth Provision Co. has had the pleasure of working with the group for many years, so we are proud to announce that Merrell will be sponsoring Merrell Gives Back in support of the Big Bend Conservancy.

From May 14th through May 31st, for each pair of Merrell Shoes purchased at Whole Earth, Merrell will donate five dollars to the Big Bend Conservancy. Merrell makes classic outdoor shoes. The company was founded in 1981 with the goal of providing high performance, affordable hiking boots. Today, their line includes shoes for hiking and trail running as well as everyday shoes, like the ever popular Moab and Jungle Mocs.

Fossil skull from Big Bend   NPS photo/ Big Bend National Park

Fossil skull from Big Bend NPS photo/ Big Bend National Park

The Big Bend Conservancy will be using the funds to prepare for their new Fossil Discovery Exhibit. The Park has over 1200 fossils including more than 30 Cretaceous era species as well as super crocodiles, T-rex and sabre tooth tigers. Opening in January 2017, the exhibit will focus specifically on the fossils of Big Bend and feature “The Boneyard,” Big Bend’s first ever dedicated children’s interpretive area.

We hope you’ll stop by your favorite Whole Earth store and check out our selection of Merrell shoes. You just may find the perfect shoe for everyday or on the trail, and your purchase will help support the Big Bend Conservancy.

Big Bend – photo by Emre Erdener

Big Bend – photo by Emre Erdener

Dansko Days benefitting the Texas Land Conservancy

Dansko Days benefitting the Texas Land Conservancy

May 6th – 15th
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In the past 10 years, Texas has lost a staggering 3,000,000 acres of open land to growth and development. Did you have a special place in the woods or along a creek where you played as a child? Does it 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 May 6th through May 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 other 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. The Texas Land Conservancy also has a great Instagram feed that celebrates Texas landscapes and wildlife.