Houston Wilderness' mission is accomplished through Convening various groups to promote protect and preserve the biodiversity in our 10 ecoregions; providing collaborative Problem Solving opportunities on critical environmental issues; and Educating the public on the many exciting outdoor opportunities in the Greater Houston Region and the health benefits associated with nature. Houston Wilderness concentrates on the following initiatives:
Network Partner Initiative and Collaborative Access Program - Houston Wilderness invites the entire environmental/conservation community to support the Slate of Initiatives and collaborate on various regional efforts. Also, through a series of Collaborative Access forums, Houston Wilderness provides the environmental community with access to people, places and information that benefit the greater Houston region by strengthening environmental programs and organizational operations within this community. All Network Partners and other stakeholders are invited to each Collaborative Access event.
Collaborative Grant-organizing Program - Convening Network Partners and related stakeholders to provide assistance in packaging large funding requests that 1) help protect and preserve areas of the Sam Houston Greenbelt and/or 2) help to facilitate ecosystem services studies that provide benefits in water and air quality, water supply, flood/erosion control and carbon sequestration.
II. Problem Solving
Ecoregion Infrastructure Advocacy - Providing problem-solving assistance and facilitation of various policy issues as requested by the Network Partners and related stakeholders that work toward benefiting all areas of the seven land-based and three water-based ecoregions.
Sam Houston Greenbelt Network Initiative - A special focus on issues affecting the Sam Houston Greenbelt Network, a connection of watersheds and open spaces at the region’s core which are most affected by the region’s explosive population and development growth. The Sam Houston Greenbelt Network incorporates all 7 land-based and 3 water-based ecoregions and is defined by Spring Creek to the north, Trinity River to the east, Galveston Bay to the south and Brazos River to the west and 4 cornerstones including (1) the Columbia Bottomlands at the southwest corner, (2) Katy Prairie at the northwest corner, (3) Trinity Bottomlands/Piney Woods at the northeast corner, and (4) Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge/High Island at the southeast corner.
Ecosystem Services within all Ecoregions - Targeting the ecosystem services within all of the ecoregions for assessment and development of “protection strategies” to allow for continued flood abatement, water quality, carbon sequestration, fish and wildlife habitat, recreation, health, ecotourism and education.
Get Outdoors Houston! Website and Ecotourism – Working with all Network Partners and related stakeholders to provide one online location for citizens and visitors to find the many exciting outdoor opportunities in the greater Houston region. And, concentrating on education of the 7 land-based and 3 water-based ecoregions in Houston and surrounding counties.
Wilderness Passport – Creating Level 2 electronic-based distribution and increased use as a part of Houston Wilderness’ other initiatives and programs.
Healthy Lifestyles Initiative – Convening and facilitating discussion between Network Partners and various anti-obesity organizations to find ways to incorporate nature and the outdoors into current anti-obesity implementation strategies in the region.