Armand Bayou Nature Center

Armand Bayou Nature Center was founded in 1974 as a result of efforts begun by an environmental visionary, Armand Yramategui. Armand foresaw the urban growth around Armand Bayou and strove to have this land remain a wilderness. Armand's tragic death in 1970 inspired a local, regional and national coalition of people and organizations to acquire the 2500 acres of land now preserved as ABNC. ABNC is a non-profit organization that was established with the mission preservation and environmental education.

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Local Nonprofit Honors Houstonian for 20 Years of Dedicated Service  


HOUSTON (June 11,  2015) – The Bayou Preservation Association recently announced that the 2015 recipient of the Terry Hershey Bayou Stewardship Award is Mark Kramer, Stewardship Coordinator of Armand Bayou Nature Center (ABNC). The Terry Hershey Bayou Stewardship Award recognizes members of the community who demonstrate an outstanding commitment to aiding in the conservation, preservation, restoration or advocacy of Houston’s waterways.


A native Texan, Kramer joined the staff at ABNC in 1994 to help guide its fledging habitat restoration programs, and serve as skipper of its tour boat. Today, he leads the difficult tasks of protecting and restoring one of Houston’s last remaining natural bayous, as well as the critical native prairies, forests, and watershed tributaries that surround it. In his duties as native plant nursery manager and restoration project manager, Kramer helped train an army of Texas Master Naturalists and ABNC volunteers. Over the past 20 years, he has guided thousands of students on hiking and paddling trips, awakening the environmental stewardship ethic in the next generation. Despite his busy schedule, Mark still finds time for his most cherished work – captaining the Bayou Ranger on tours of Armand Bayou. 


“Mark pioneers bayou wetland restoration techniques and participates in group planning efforts to take the bayou stewardship message from the choir to the whole watershed and region, in benefit of one of Houston’s most cherished bayous,” said BPA executive director Kathy Lord. “His efforts have paid off, over the years we’ve watched the return of a number of species to Armand Bayou during Mark’s service.”


The award’s inception five years ago was inspired by the work and dedication of BPA co-founder Terry Hershey. Each year the organization honors a person or organization that similarly strives to be a catalyst for change. The winner was revealed at the Bayou Preservation Association’s annual board meeting on Tuesday, May 12th. Kramer was honored for his 30 years of dedicated service in front of the entire organization. 


“Mark’s depth of understanding of the local ecology and his accumulated experience protecting wild lands under the threat of urban development make him so deserving of this award,” said Lord. “He is a leader, bayou advocate and protector, mentor, educator and bayou devotee. The organization is thrilled to present the award to such a worthy recipient.”


About Bayou Preservation Association

The Bayou Preservation Association is a citizen’s group and non-profit organization that facilitates projects and public awareness about the region’s streams and waterways in order to foster watershed management, conservation, restoration and recreation along these natural resources. For more information about Bayou Preservation Association or its future projects, call 713.529.6443 or visit


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