The Trust for Public Land worked with the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) and a diverse group of stakeholders to develop the West Fork San Jacinto Watershed Greenprint. Through community engagement and state-of-the-art computer modeling, the Greenprint blends community priorities with science and research to identify lands with the highest value for voluntary conservation.
The goals of the Greenprint are to (1) Protect water quality and (2) Provide access to water-based recreation. The overall map for the Greenprint highlights over 101,000 acres that are the highest priority for voluntary conservation because they would best meet these goals. The product of this Greenprint is a set of prioritized maps, as well as strategies for action, that can guide local communities in protecting waterways and open space in order to ensure quality of life, clean water, and economic health.
The Greenprint highlights areas for strategic voluntary conservation and for thoughtful recreation access. The Greenprint partners respect private property rights and recognize the critical importance of working lands in the study area and their stewardship by ranchers and farmers, most of whom are deeply committed to maintaining the unique environment and rural culture of the West Fork San Jacinto, Lake Creek, and Lake Conroe Watersheds.