Houston Wildrness is a broad-based alliance of business, environmental and government interests that are working together to develop a regional plan to protect, preserve and promote the unique biodiversity of the region's ecological capitol. The primary goals are:
- Preserving and protcting the ecology and economic values of land/water ecosystems and habitats.
- Creating a regional vision and plan for multiple land and watershed conservation and restoration efforts.
- Enhancing economic development and recreational opportunities through green infrastructurein the watersheds leading to Galveston Bay in the 13 county region.
The forests and bollomlands of Montgomery County are within this region and part of the developing plan. Lake Creek is one of the most pristine creeks and bottomland associations remaining in the area yet is one of the most threatened due to the rapid pace of development. The regional plan and related Lake Creek project offer a unque opportunity to integrate development and greenspace in a fashion that enhances the value of both to the community.
LAKE CREEK GREENWAY PROJECT
This is a cooperative project between Keep Montgomery County Beautiful, the East1488 Community Association and Montgomery County Precinct 2 to develop a Green Belt along Lake Creek for hiking, canoeing and nature study and to act as a flood control and water quality buffer. Overtures are also being made to the City of Conroe and local businesses to better enhance the recreational and business opportunities related to a local greenway.
The plan includes working with the Houston-Galveston Area Council of Governments to integrate the greenway into a watershed protection plan for Lake Creek and the Upper West Fork of the San Jacinto River watersheds.
Approximately 620 acres are already preserved and the current effort is focussed on developing an interpretive nature trail on 64 acres of county property within a 539 acre tract between the Woodforest and Montgomery Trace Developments and developing a canoe trail along Lake Creek between Fish Creek Thoroughfare and a City of Conroe Park. Links to maps and information on the proposed greenbelt, current project location, status and contributors are listed below.
Those interested in volunteering should contact Glenn Buckley @ firstname.lastname@example.org