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The Sky is the Limit: Laura Bush on Conservation

The Catalyst - May 14, 2019

A Conversation with Former First Lady Laura Bush From admiring the Texas sky as a child to passionately advocating for conservation both during and after her time in the White House, Mrs. Laura Bush has been a longtime admirer — and protector — of nature. Mrs. Laura Bush among the bluebonnets in the Native TexasRead More

The Future of Conservation is Collaboration

The Catalyst - May 14, 2019

An Essay by Joni Carswell, CEO and President of Texan by Nature Environmental solutions will come as citizens — all citizens — make conservation a part of their daily life and decision-making process.   I dream of a future where non-profit groups focused on conservation are no longer needed. It’s a future where all citizens,Read More

Spring Creek Nature Trail receives certification for being Texan by Nature

Houston Chronicle - May 2, 2019

Spring Creek Nature Trail, a 14-mile natural hike and bike trail, was recognized for being a project that not only conserves natural areas but also benefits people. Its managing organization, the Bayou Land Conservancy, received the Texan by Nature Project Certification for the trail this month. Jill Boullion is the executive director of the BayouRead More

Why some doctors are prescribing a day in the park or a walk on the beach for good health

The Conversation - May 1, 2019

Taking a walk on a wooded path, spending an afternoon in a public park, harvesting your backyard garden and even looking at beautiful pictures of Hawaii can all make us feel good. Certainly, for many of us, it’s beneficial to have time outside in natural environments. Being cooped up inside can feel unnatural and increaseRead More

Health Companies Want to Reward You For Going Outside

Outside - May 1, 2019

SPENDING TIME IN NATURE IS INCREASINGLY CONSIDERED LEGITIMATE MEDICINE, AND DOCTORS AND INSURANCE CARRIERS ARE TREATING IT AS SUCH. BUT HOW EXACTLY CAN WE EXPECT THIS MOVEMENT TO PLAY OUT—AND AFFECT OUR WALLETS AND GEAR PURCHASES—IN THE FUTURE?   With nature-prescription initiatives popping up across the country (at the time of publication, there were 71Read More

Former First Lady Laura Bush speaks at Syracuse University, focusing on literacy and her family’s legacy (video)

syracuse.com - May 1, 2019

Laura Bush leaned into the microphone and smirked. “I’m happy to be here,” she said. “As you notice, I’m wearing orange.” With a witty tone, the former First Lady spoke Wednesday night for the D’Aniello Family Speaker Series held at the Martin J. Whitman School of Management. Bush, 72, discussed her experiences advocating for literacy,Read More

Tiger Prairie tribute to Katy heritage

Houston Chronicle - April 29, 2019

Proud of the new sign for the Tiger Prairie are, from left, standing: Rhonda Burrough, Katy High School environmental teacher; Della Barbato,director of education, Native Prairies Association of Texas; Jim Willis, co-founder/president of Wildlife Habitat Federation; and Susan Barker, Katy High School science instructional coach; in front: students Nandita Deo, Andie Gunn, Brooklyn Garibay and Stone Garza. Tiger Prairie at Katy HighRead More

Natural resources are ‘a gift to be used for living and prospering:’ Letters to the editor

El Paso Times - April 27, 2019

The election on May 4 isn’t about saving Lost Dog Trail, but about the possibility of enhancing it and other trails so that more people can enjoy them. Last week while visiting El Paso, Joni Carswell, Executive Director of Laura Bush’s Texan by Nature, shared with me outstanding projects where mountain bikers enjoy extraordinary wildernessRead More

Friends of RGV Reef named 2019 Conservation Wrangler

The Monitor - April 17, 2019

Since 2014, Friends of RGV Reef has been creating habitat for juvenile red snapper and other fish by deploying artificial reef materials such as sunken vessels, concrete rail ties and cinder blocks 13 miles northeast of the Island jetties in the Gulf of Mexico. (Courtesy photo) SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — Just keep swimming, is aRead More

Wetlands: Water’s original filter

Texas Water Resources Institute - April 9, 2019

Marshes, swamps, lagoons and bogs; there are many different types of wetlands, but did you know that they are capable of filtering wastewater? Two innovative, constructed wetlands in the Dallas-Fort Worth area have the ability to divert over 180 million gallons of treated wastewater per day from the Trinity River and naturally filter it for reuse. TarrantRead More