Texas Environmental Grantmakers Group Fall Meeting: The Texas Landscape Project

Texas Environmental Grantmakers Group Fall Meeting: The Texas Landscape Project

Friday, September 30, 2016 -
11:00am to 2:00pm CDT
The Wray Ranch
Columbus, TX
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The Texas Landscape Project: Nature and People.

Join us for TEGG's fall meeting at the Wray Ranch when David Todd and Jonathan Ogren will speak about their newly-published environmental history atlas The Texas Landscape Project: Nature and People. With over 300 color maps and 100 other figures, the book seeks to give a geographic, visual, accessible look at major environmental events and conservation work in the state, touching on habitat, water, energy, wildlife, and public health issues. The atlas was published by Texas A&M University Press in June 2016, as one of the Kathie and Ed Cox Jr. Books on Conservation Leadership, sponsored by The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, at Texas State University. Learn more about the atlas here.

Richard Heilbrun with the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department will introduce Bill H.R. 5650, "Recovering America's Wildlife Act of 2016". This bill is being proposed at the federal level to direct $1.3 billion to environmental protection for projects identified by individual states for conservation strategies. He will make a short presentation about the purpose of the bill and funders possible role in its passage.

The Wray Ranch is located approximately an hour and a half west of Houston, or about two hours southeast of Austin. See directions here.

Please register by September 23 and specify if you'd prefer a vegetarian lunch when you register.

Speaker Bios

David Todd was responsible for the data collection, text, drawings and draft maps used in The Texas Landscape Project: Nature and People. He is the founder and executive director of the Conservation History Association of Texas, a small, Austin-based non-profit dedicated to environmental education. Mr. Todd has an A.B. in architecture and urban planning from Princeton University, an M.S. in environmental science from Rice University, and a J.D. from Emory University.

Jonathan Ogren is the founder and principal of Siglo Group, a firm that helps clients integrate natural systems into land planning and design. Mr. Ogren earned a B.A. in biology and a M.A. in environmental science and conservation planning from the University of Texas at Austin. He specializes in environmental assessment, regional analysis, conservation planning, cartography, and land use feasibility studies, and he teaches college courses in geographic information systems and cartography.

Richard Heilbrun is the conservation outreach program leader for Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. He is a wildlife biologist by training, and has worked throughout the state on projects that conserve wildlife and manage wildlife habitat. Mr. Heilbrun holds a Bachelors and Masters degree from Texas A&M University in wildlife ecology and has worked for Texas Parks & Wildlife Department since 2002. 

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