Friends Of Tandy Hills Group Gets Some Dallas Love

Posted March 20, 2013 by Jeff Prince in Blotch
THE AWARD (photo courtesy of Friends of Tandy Hills Natural Area).THE AWARD (photo courtesy of Friends of Tandy Hills Natural Area).

The little nonprofit group that works to preserve one of Fort Worth’s most coveted natural areas won a Green Source DFW Sustainable Leadership Award this week.

Friends of Tandy Hills Natural Area was nominated in the category for grassroots nonprofit organizations.

“We were competing (so to speak) for the award with some heavy hitters in REAL School Gardens and the Dallas Sierra Club, both well funded, respectable organizations with paid staff,” said Friends of Tandy Hills spokesman Don Young. “So it’s gratifying that our little ragtag independent group of volunteers that started rather humbly in 2005 with a protest to keep drilling and fracking out of Tandy Hills is getting some respect from the regional environmental community, especially from a Dallas-based organization.”

The years since 2005 have been a blur of activities, including the success of Prairie Fest and Kids on the Prairie.”

Young’s group oversees the 160-acre, 50-year-old Tandy Hills park just south of I-30 near Oakland Boulevard, and has established two popular events — Prairie Fest and Kids on the Prairie .



    There was another local superstar at the awards ceremony in Dallas.

    Fort Worth’s commercial recycling coordinator Debbie Branch was honored for her “ability to inspire and develop important public/private partnerships, bringing them all together, accepting ideas from all and converting them into successful cooperative efforts.”

    Read all about it: http://fortworthtexas.gov/roundup/features/article/?id=108980


    Also in the finals was Fort Worth resident Jim Marshall. His Bluebird Project was nominated for Volunteer of the Year. He should have won. next year…

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