Each year Texas loses nearly 250,000 acres of land to development. Rural work areas that form the wide open spaces that define Texas character are evaporating at an alarming rate.

These lands are not only meant to be enjoyed by Texans, but they work every day to provide the food we eat and the water we drink. I consider it our responsibility as Texans and stewards of this land to leave a state where my great-great-grandchildren can enjoy the Texan outdoors, parks, wildlife and outdoors. That’s why I’m proud to introduce landmark legislation in the Texas House calling for the formation of the Texas Land and Water Conservation Fund.

Read more from Representative Justin Holland in this op-ed, from Local Today News here.