Conservation Resources

Selected Resources

Additional Resources:

Below are some conservation resources:

Aerial Photos

  • - 2002 & 2004 aerial photos of Montgomery and Harris Counties (look for interactive mapper).   ARCIMS Website.  H-GAC Raster Datasets
  •  Free download of program that allows you to zoom in on aerial photography of most places on earth. Vintage of aerial photography appears to be around  2004.

Air Quality

Computer Modeling Programs

  •    Contains programs that model various environmental and scientific processes such as predator-prey relationship, fire behavior and carrying capacity.   Look for Models and Community Models.  You should automatically obtain some models when you download the program.


  • - Energy Information Administration – National clearing house on information on national and world energy sources and use.


  • - Video of History of Forest Service and conservation movement and current Forest Service policy.  Go to publications then videos.  Look for CD’s titled “The Greatest Good”
  • - 2005 report on the state of the forests in the Houston area
  • - “Urban Ecosystem Analysis for the Houston Gulf Coast Region” contains some interesting observations of the changes in the forest cover of the area.


  • - Texas Soil & Water Conservation Board, SWCD Information & Education.  Over 200 videos on soil and water issues as will as many other resources.
  • - Soil maps on line


  • - Videos titled “Texas the State of Water” and “Texas the State of Water Finding a Balance”   Go to publications then films
  • - Go to publications then water
  • - Watershed maps.  Floodplain Maps (Flood Insurance Maps).  Topographic maps
  • - Watershed maps and summary reports on the quality of water in the area. Look for Clean Rivers Section. Then looks for 2005 Basin Highlights Report or 2006 Clean Rivers Program Basin Summary (You can download the entire report at over 140 MB or go to click on FTP Resources which allows you to download text and maps on individual watersheds.



  • - Endangered species.  Information of wildlife.  Invasive Species
  • - Information on access to 9 ecosystems in Houston area.  Contact information for area natural areas.


  • The Greatest Good – A Forest Service Centennial Film. A review of the History of the U.S. Forest Service and the Environmental Movement in the US. May be obtained from the Forest History Society or
  • These may be obtained from Texas Parks and Wildlife. Go to the TP&W website and look for publications:

Texas The State of Water Vol. I.

Texas The State of Water Vol. II – Finding A Balance.

Texas The State of Water Vol. III – The State of Springs

Texas The State of Flowing Water Vol. IV – Overpopulation, Climate Change, Urbanization.

  • Running Dry Feature Length– an overview of the world water crisis. May be obtained from Amazon.Com. For more information visit A 19 minute version may be downloaded from utube.
  • The American Southwest: Are We Running Dry? Same source as above, but no short version.
  • Dirt The Movie. Tell the story of humans trying to reconnect to dirt-the living skin f the earth
  • Poisoned Waters. PBS Home Video. Go to the PBS website and look for publication og go to Amazon.Com.
  • Blue Gold – World Water Wars. Reviewed in Science as addressing our major water issues although somewhat one sided. I purchased mine from, but PBS may also be found at
  • The Dust Bowl a PBS Film by Ken Burns
  • Human Footprint. National Geographic Video. A qualtitative look at the resources used during the lifetime of an average American citizen. May be purchased from the national Geographic store at
  • Arithmetic, Population & Energy by Dr. Albert Bartlett may be obtained from the University Bookstore at the University of Colorado, Boulder. A version may be accessed on utube. Lower quality, but will help you determine if you want the DVD.
  • Rational Energy Middle Series – An excellent overview of the issues surrounding our energy use and future. May be downloaded from
  • Green Fire, Aldo Leopold: A Land Ethic for Our Time. Afilm about the life of Aldo Leopold and the evolution of his philosophy of land stewardship ethic. May be obtained from the Aldo Leopold Foundation at
  • Long Now Foundation – had a number of talks on the long term conservation issues including one by the chief biologist of the Nature Conservancy. These talks may generally be found on the following web site.
  • talks on many subjects related to the environment.


  • Anderson, Ray (2009), Confessions of A Radical Industrialist: Profits, People, Purpose – Doing Business by Respecting the Earth, St. Martin’s Press
  • Carter, Vernon and Dale, Tom (rev ed 1974) Topsoil and Civilization, University of Oklahoma Press
  • Cowardin, Lewis M. et al.,1979, Classification of Wetlands and Deepwater Habitats of the United States, FWS/OBS-79/31, U.S. Department of the Interior Fish & Wildlife Service.
  • Devilliers, Marq (2000) Water: The Fate of Our Most Precious Resource, Houghton Mifflin press
  • Diamond, Jared (2005), Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, Viking Penguin
  • Gottlieb, Roger (2004), This Sacred Earth: Religion, Nature, Environment 2nd ed., Taylor and Francis Books
  • Hall, Charles A.S. and Klitgaard, Kent A. (2012), Energy & the Wealth of Nations: Understanding the Biophysical Economy, Springer
  • Hart, Stuart (2010 3rd ed.), Capitalism at the Crossroads: Next Generation Business Strategies for a Post-Crisis World, Wharton School Publishing
  • Hawkin, Paul (1993) The Ecology of Commerce: A Declaration of Sustainability, Harper Collins
  • Kareiva, Peter and Marvier, Michelle, (2011) Conservation Science: Balancing the Needs of People and Nature, Roberts and Company, Colorado. A textbook on a balanced approach to conservation.
  • Lewis, William M., 2001,Wetlands Explained, Wetland Science, Policy & Politics in America, Oxford University Press.
  • Leopold, Aldo (1949, 1953,1966) A Sand County Almanac, Ballantine Books
  • Logan, William Bryant (2007) “ Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth, W.W. Norton
  • Lyon, John G., 1993, Practical Handbook for Wetland Identification and Delineation, Lewis Publishers.
  • Montgomery, David (2007), Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations, University of California Press
  • Ostrom, Elinor (1990) Governing the Commons: Evolution of Institutions for Collective Action, Cambridge University Press
  • Princen, Thomas (2005), The Logic of Sufficiency, MIT Press
  • Sansom, Andrew (2008) Water In Texas: An Introduction, University of Texas Press
  • Stutzenbaker, Charles D., 1999, Aquatic and Wetland Plants of the Western Gulf Coast, Texas Parks & Wildlife Press.
  • Wetland Training Institute, WTI-99-1, 1999, Field Guide for Wetland Delineation 1987 Corps of Engineers Manual, Wetland Training Institute.


For more information, contact the council conservation committee.