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McDonald Observatory, Oil and Gas Organizations Collaborate to Protect Night Skies

McDonald Observatory - July 9, 2018

9 July 2018 FORT DAVIS, Texas — The University of Texas at Austin’s McDonald Observatory has collaborated with the Permian Basin Petroleum Association (PBPA) and the Texas Oil and Gas Association (TXOGA) to reduce light shining into the sky from drilling rigs and related activities in West Texas. The excess light has the potential toRead More

Cultivating the Healing Power of Nature

- June 26, 2018

Everyone agrees that nature has the power to heal. But ask how it heals—and answers are in short supply The need to find answers grew out of Laura Bush’s passion for the land of Texas and the outdoors. While serving as First Lady, she championed preservation of natural spaces and heritage by serving as HonoraryRead More

On the wings of pollinators

Texas Parks and Wildlife

TPWD guidelines help you fill your yard with butterflies, birds and bees. By Melissa Gaskill Jim Wittliff steers a well-traveled four-by-four utility vehicle down a slope and stops to point out piles of brush surrounding small trees. The brush, he explains, protects the seedlings from browsing deer, trampling livestock, wind and rain. Wittliff and hisRead More

Conserve like a Texan

San Antonio Chamber of Commerce - June 8, 2018

Texan by Nature (TxN), a nonprofit founded by former First Lady Laura Bush to activate and amplify Texan-led conservation, has opened the TxN Certification program to receive applications. This certification provides an objective measurement and recognition of innovative, transformative conservation projects from Texas businesses, organizations and individuals. By highlighting initiatives benefiting the state’s people, prosperity and naturalRead More

Laura Bush aims to spur Texas conservation

Green Sourced DFW - May 25, 2018

By Minnie Payne on May 25, 2018 Lady Bird Johnson was an advocate for conservation who inspired the Highway Beautification Act and founded the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Now a fellow First Lady from Texas is following in her footsteps. Laura Bush, who shares Johnson’s love for the state’s ecology, founded Texan by Nature in 2011. The nonprofit aims to activate and amplify Texan-led conservationRead More

Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission Public Meeting

Texas Parks and Wildlife - May 23, 2018

Jenny Burden, Texan by Nature Program Manager, attended the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Public Hearing in Lubbock, Texas on May 23, 2018 in support of one of our 2018 Conservation Wranglers, the Texas Playa Conservation Initiative. Mike Carter, Joint Venture Coordinator with Playa Lakes Joint Venture spoke about their program, remarks start at 51:56,Read More

Laura Bush’s Nonprofit Looking to Recognize ‘Transformative Conservation Projects’

Dallas Innovates - May 16, 2018

Through its TxN Certification program, Texan By Nature will highlight efforts that are “benefiting the state’s people, prosperity, and natural resources.”   BY HEATHER NOEL • MAY 16, 2018 A nonprofit founded by former First Lady Laura Bush launched a program this week to honor conservation projects in Texas. Bush founded Texan by Nature inRead More

Former First Lady Laura Bush receives Achievement Medal from the Garden Club of America

The Garden Club of America - May 8, 2018

  San Francisco (April 29, 2018) – Laura Bush has received one of the highest honors bestowed by The Garden Club of America (GCA), the Achievement Medal. Presented at the GCA’s annual meeting here this evening, the medal is awarded in recognition of outstanding achievement and in tribute to creative vision and ability in theRead More

Laura Bush Attends Ceremony for New Healing Garden at Houston Methodist

TexasHillCountry.com - May 7, 2018

By Sonia Ramirez | May 7, 2018 The Center for Health and Nature is the newest addition coming to Houston Methodist Hospital as a partnership between the hospital, Texas A&M University System, and Texan by Nature, an organization founded by Former First Lady Laura Bush. The center aims to promote and uncover research that shows a correlation betweenRead More

New health center set up at TMC by Houston Methodist, Texas A&M and Laura Bush’s Texan by Nature

Houston Business Journal - May 4, 2018

By Jen Para – Web producer, Houston Business Journal May 4, 2018, 2:30pm A hospital, university and nonprofit have partnered to open a new center in Houston that will advance health and nature research. Houston Methodist Hospital, Texas A&M University System and Austin-based Texan by Nature — a nonprofit founded by former First Lady LauraRead More