Each year, the prestigious Terry Hershey Bayou Stewardship Award recognizes individuals in the community who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to aiding in the conservation, preservation, restoration and/or advocacy of Houston's waterways
Due to COVID-19 postponement in 2020, Bayou Preservation Association will be honoring 2020's awardees in 2021. Learn more about our 2020/2021 awardees below.
Jill Boullion, Professional Community and Economic Developer,
is Executive Director of Bayou Land Conservancy
(BLC). BLC is an accredited land trust, founded in 1996, that preserves 14,000 acres in the greater Houston region, primarily through the use of conservation easements. BLC preserves land along streams to reduce flooding, improve water quality, and protect habitat in the Lake Houston (upper San Jacinto River) watershed, the primary source of drinking water for millions of people in the region. BLC also manages the award-winning, 14-mile Spring Creek Nature Trail, a project built by the community, for the community. Before coming to BLC, Jill was Executive Director of Greens Bayou Coalition
and helped bring a $55 million federal flood damage reduction project, a paddle trail, and new parks to the watershed.
A native Nebraskan, she holds a bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Nebraska and is a certified Professional Community & Economic Development professional. Jill enjoys working with diverse groups of stakeholders to advance community goals. She wants to protect special outdoor spaces for her two grand kids. Jill lives in northwest Harris County with her husband, Patrick, and two cats, Ernest Holmes and Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Terri Thomas has a decades-long commitment to both our bayous and our environment. After graduating with a Degree in Special Education for the Visually Impaired from University of Texas at Austin, she spent the next two years teaching in HISD followed by several years in sales and volunteer recruitment for Lighthouse for the Blind—where she was named ‘Volunteer of the Year’ in 1980. In 1997, she developed the STOMP (STOpping Mosquito Proliferation) program with Harris County Mosquito Control, mayors of six Memorial Villages and two national companies, where she recruited and trained 400 volunteers to go door-to-door educating homeowners about mosquito breeding and control. Ms. Thomas has sat on many local non-profit boards including Buffalo Bayou Partnership, Bayou Preservation Association, WindSync, Air Alliance Houston, and Memorial Park Conservancy where she established and chaired important community events like Earth Day Houston and championed flood-related issues, including nature-based solutions to trash and erosion control.
This year, two Special Recognition awards will be presented. The Houston Parks Board’s Bayou Greenways 2020 Project will be recognized for being one of the single most transformative projects for encouraging the public to appreciate our region’s bayous. 150 miles of trails. 3,000 acres of greenspace. A $220 million public-private partnership. One shared vision for parks that brings us closer to each other and creates equitable access for all. Learn more about this exciting project here.
Our region is lucky to have life-long environmental advocates, but we also have a thriving community of young people worthy of recognition. Bayou Preservation is proud to honor Caoilin Krathaus and Lila Mankad and their student-led initiative Bag Free Bayous, which works to make Houston’s bayous free of plastic waste. Check out their amazing work here.
We have decided to go virtual this year to ensure everyone's safety. We encourage our sponsors and friends to gather safely in small groups to enjoy the celebration together.
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