“Mother of Buffalo Bayou” Dies at 94: Houston Honors Terry Hershey

Five graceful Bur oaks have been planted along Buffalo Bayou in Eleanor Tinsley Park. Yesterday, they were dedicated in honor of Terese Tarlton Hershey, known to the bayou community as Terry.

A crown jewel of Houston, the Buffalo Bayou plays shelter to local wildlife. It’s also a haven for runners, cyclists, and nature enthusiasts. It serves as a sanctuary of green tranquility in a sprawling city of concrete, glass, and traffic.

A noted conversationalist, Terry was a stalwart protector of Buffalo Bayou, and is credited largely for ensuring its preservation. This past January, at the age of 94, Terry Hershey passed away.

“Without Terry Hershey, Buffalo Bayou would not be the signature waterway that it is today,” Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner explained. “The bayou runs through the heart of our bustling city and provides a connection to Mother Nature and recreation for thousands of Houstonians every day. Just imagine if the meandering bayou had been channelized and its lush green banks had been paved with concrete. It is due to Terry Hershey’s drive and passion that this did not happen. She has left a legacy that will serve Houstonians for generations to come, and for that, we are very thankful.”

Read More at Houston Chronicle: Gray Matters

H/T Houston Patch

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