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Texas Environmental Grantmakers Group

Formed in 1996, Texas Environmental Grantmakers Group (TEGG) is a loose federation of community, family, and corporate foundations, as well as a few individual donors, who explore the challenges and opportunities for environmental support in the state of Texas.

Use the following group name to search and to stay informed regarding TEGG content on the Philanthropy Southwest website: Texas Environmental Grantmakers Group (TEGG).

The topic for TEGG's fall meeting -- scheduled for Friday, October 12 in New Braunfels at the Headwaters of the Comal -- will be A network approach to preserve Texas's most precious lands and waters: Lessons from the Texas Hill Country

Texas’s most precious lands and waters face the mounting pressures of population growth and sprawl and a changing and unpredictable climate, and none more so than the iconic Texas Hill Country. Land fragmentation and consumption, coupled with groundwater pumping and rapid expansion of impermeable cover is inhibiting groundwater recharge and increasingly threatening open spaces, spring and stream flows, natural habitat and wildlife, and rural character and small-town charm. Challenges as systemic as these require an increasingly sophisticated and nimble approach, and natural resource conservation initiatives nationally are increasingly adopting a network governance framework to achieve this. Hear from regional funders, conservation strategy experts and the newly formed Texas Hill Country Conservation Network as they describe their experience in forming, funding and launching this network model and provide lessons that can inform regional conservation work across Texas. Find out more details and register here.

The State of the Gulf of Mexico: What We Know, What We Do Not Know and What We Need to Know about its Future

At TEGG’s spring meeting April 27 at the Harte Research Institute (HRI) for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi, Executive Director Larry McKinney, Ph.D. gave an overview of the work of HRI as well as a report on the health of the Gulf. The slide presentation can be viewed here. The presentation was followed by a tour of two of HRI's labs: the Coastal & Marine Geospatial Lab and the Center for Sportfish Science and Conservation.

Christopher Mace with Texas Parks and Wildlife's Coastal Fisheries Division gave an update on behalf of the Texas Alliance for America's Fish and Wildlife on the federal Recovering America's Wildlife Act.


National Initiative Underway To Support Imperiled Wildlife And Sensitive Habitat

HR 5650 would allocate $1.3 billion annually from existing revenue sources to effectively implement all 50 state Wildlife Action Plans.  Collectively, these plans identify and provide a roadmap to recover more than 12,000 nationally imperiled species, called Species of Greatest Conservation Need.

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