Conservation Stewardship

Conservation Stewardship at the Wetland Center

Rosewood Ranches' history of conservation stewardship and
North Texas Municipal Water District's unique vision for water conservation
joined forces to create the John Bunker Sands Wetland Center.

North Texas Municipal Water District's East Fork Wetland serves as an excellent example of land stewardship. Not only is the Wetland a means to conserve our valuable water resource, but it also provides for wildlife habitat. The East Fork Wetland was designed to use native Texas aquatic plants that naturally polish the water, while at the same time providing for an abundance of wildlife, which includes over 250 species of birds.


The tradition of wildlife conservation continues today at the Wetland Center through ongoing wildlife habitat projects, as well as conservation-based education and research. We would like to thank our conservation partners, including  Texas Wildlife Association, Audubon Society, and Trinity Waters for their participation and look forward to many other relationships with conservation-based organizations.

Awards & Accolades

In 1996, John Bunker Sands vision was recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Environmental Law Institute, who presented him with The National Wetlands Award. Bunker served on the Dallas Area Advisory Committee of The Nature Conservancy. As a member of the Migratory Wildlife Advisory Board of the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, he received the Lone Star Land Steward Award in 1996. In addition, Bunker served many years on the Board of Governors of the Allan Savory Center for Holistic Management which advocates for land use decisions based on impacts to the land and its people, as well as the economic benefits. He received other awards from The Dallas Morning News and the Greater Dallas Chamber in recognition of Rosewood's outstanding commitment to protecting our natural heritage. Bunker, along with his family was named a laureate of the 1999 Texas Business Hall of Fame. Bunker's vision for the wetlands development is a source of pride for the Caroline Rose Hunt family and Rosewood Ranches, Inc. employees. The ranches are regularly visited by wildlife viewers including special groups such as the Boy Scouts and The Audubon Society. Rosewood also contributes to the community in the area of environmental education allowing college students to monitor the wetlands for their research.

In 2011, Wetland Center President, Jacob Sands, son of the late John Bunker Sands, was nominated as one of four finalists for the 2011 Budweiser Conservationist of the Year Award. He received $5,000 from Budweiser and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation which was directed towards conservation including education and research funding for the Wetland Center. The Wetland Center is dedicated to passing on Bunker's tradition of wildlife conservation.

George W. Shannon Wetlands Project & East Fork Water Supply Project and the John Bunker Sands Wetland Center Tarrant Regional Water District (George W. Shannon Wetlands Project, in partnership with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department) and the North Texas Municipal Water District (East Fork Water Supply Project and the John Bunker Sands Wetland Center, in partnership with The Rosewood Corporation) work together with Alan Plummer Associates to showcase an innovative, efficient, and sustainable approach for natural filtration of water through the development of constructed wetlands. The projects create over 3,800 acres of wetland, provide significant natural habitat, and supply water for 3.8 Million people in North Texas. These projects provide recreational opportunities, public education, and research opportunities pertaining to water conservation, wetland systems, and wildlife management. Texan by Nature will recognize the 2018 Conservation Wrangler honorees on Oct. 17, 2018 at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, TX.