We conserve land through outreach and restoration while offering a recreational greenspace for Houston
Willow Waterhole Conservation Reserve (Willow Waterhole Park), located in the Westbury area near the intersection of South Post Oak Road and South Main Street, is a 290-acre greenway that offers Houstonians recreational opportunities as well as relief from flooding concerns. The expanses around the ponds are designated for wildlife conservation and passive recreation, and include walking trails and gazebos. Native plants are being nurtured on the site and additional trees will be planted as ongoing construction projects are finished.
Madison Contreras of Troop 21126 has installed two bat houses at Rafferty Memorial Circle on Triangle Lake as part of her Girl Scout Gold Award Project. She has also kept a blog of her activities where she documents the building process and comments on the importance of bats in the urban habitat. Learn more about bats and her experiences building the bat houses at her blog Bats for the Willow WaterHole.
Our local newspaper has published an extensive article covering the origins, motivations, and goals of the Brays Bayou Annual Invasive Species Round-Up and Carpathon, now in its second year. Calling it a keeper, it emphasizes its importance in "connecting Houstonians with the bayous that are so much a part of their city, increasing awareness of issues surrounding invasive species and introducing young Texans to the rewarding, life-long recreation of fishing."
The Brays Bayou 2nd Annual Invasive Species Round-Up and Carpathon will be held on October 28 at Willow Waterhole Greenway. Admission and parking are free for all visitors. For those wishing to participate in the tournament, there will be a fee of $20 that allows them to compete in Fly Fishing and Conventional Divisions. Other activities include fishing clinics and and invasive species presentation. The event will be held with the cooperation of the The Texas Flyfishers, and starts at 8:00 am at Westbury Lake (5300 Dryad). For further details, please download the flyer.