Know your North Texas environmental history...

Here's a list of environmental trail blazers from the North Texas area who contributed to the green movement in North Texas and beyond.


Alma and Edna Burnam


Earl Burnam and Alma Burnam, cofounders of the Tarrant Coalition for Environmental Awareness in Fort Worth. Parents of former Texas state representative and environmental activist Lon Burnam



Ned FritzNed Fritz (1916-2008), an SMU law school graduate, Dallas attorney and conservationist instrumental in establishing the Big Thicket National Preserve and wilderness areas in East Texas, and founding the Texas Land Conservancy.



John Graves

John Graves, (1920-2013). Fort Worth native, environmentalist and author, best known for his classic book Goodbye to a River. The book chronicles his 1957 canoe trip down the Brazos between Possum Kingdom Lake and Lake Whitney, and has been compared to Henry David Thoreau's Walden.


Frances Lappe 1975Frances Moore Lappe (1944-), Fort Worth native and author of Diet for a Small Planet, a highly influential book published in 1971, that advocated a vegetarian diet to meet planetary needs.


Luis Sepulveda


Luis Sepulveda, Dallas native, who organized the West Dallas Coalition for Environmental Justice, in his neighborhood where at one time three lead smelters recycled old batteries. Thanks to efforts by the grassroots coalition, the site of the former RSR Corporation’s lead car-battery smelter in West Dallas was eventually granted Superfund status

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