Merrell Gives Back to Texas Land ConservancyPosted by Whole Earth | 10.20.2020
Merrell Gives Back to Texas Land Conservancy
In a year where so many things have changed, it heartening to know that once again, Merrell is giving back to the Texas Land Conservancy. From October 22nd through November 16th, when you purchase a full-price pair of adult Merrell Moab shoes at Whole Earth Provision Co., Merrell will donate $5 to the Texas Land Conservancy! The Moab is a high performance hiking shoe made for men and women that has become a favorite for outdoor adventure.
Company founder Randy Merrell began making custom hiking boots almost four decades ago. Today, his company offers a wide variety of footwear for outdoor living that can also be easily repurposed for work or fun around town. Merrell’s core values of comfort, durability, design and versatility have made them a go-to brand for many Whole Earth customers.
The Moab, aka the Mother of All Boots, is one of Merrell’s most popular hiking shoes. There are a variety of men’s and women’s Moabs to choose from including hiking shoes and midrise boots that cover the ankle. Some are waterproof and come in regular or wide widths. All Moabs come with vents for breathability, a contoured footbed, an EVA midsole and Vibram soles which offer support, comfort, stability and grip.
The Texas Land Conservancy or TLC 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 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 TLC has preserved the physical and ecological integrity of wildlife habitat, native plant communities and scenic landscapes across the state.
TLC focuses on conserving land in six major watersheds, including the Llano, Pedernales, Brazos, Trinity, Neches, and the Medina rivers. These watersheds are under the highest threat for over-development, water pollution and water consumption. The Texas Land Conservancy is protecting our state’s land and water – from where the first drop of rain falls, through our rivers, and on to the Gulf of Mexico.
Most of the over 112,000 acres of 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, TLC has six preserves that are 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 with guided hikes. You can learn about these special days by signing up for the group’s emails or social media posts on their website.
TLC is one of our favorite environmental groups, one that we have supported for many years. We hope you’ll put the Merrell Moab to the test on your own outdoor adventures and at the same time support the Texas Land Conservancy in their work to protect the land, water and wildlife of Texas for present and future generations.