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Former first lady attends LLFoR water willow planting

Polk County Enterprise - September 21, 2017

Former First Lady Laura Bush visited Wolf Creek Park near Coldspring to witness first-hand the plantings of American water-willows on the shore of Lake Livingston by local high school students on Wednesday, Sept. 13. The plantings of the water- willows is a 10-year project, currently in its third year, created by Lake Livingston Friends ofRead More

Monarch Butterfly: The treatened species– and Texas’ official state butterfly– is getting a hand from Laura Bush’s Texan by Nature

Authentic Texas - September 18, 2017

Look into the pale blue Texas sky this fall, and you may be fortunate enough to see a group of Monarch butterflies, known as a kaleidoscope, filling the sky. The Monarch, designated the Texas state butterfly in 1995, takes a remarkable 3,000-mile journey every year, leaving their fall perch in locations as far north asRead More

Former First Lady, conservationists team up to promote life in Lake Livingston

Houston Chronicle - September 15, 2017

New life is being promoted in Lake Livingston through a conservation partnership led by the Lake Livingston Friends of Reservoirs and Texan by Nature, founded by former First Lady Laura Bush. On Wednesday, Sept. 15, the former First Lady joined students from seven area high schools as they planted American water willows in the shorelineRead More

Community, organizations come together to restore Lake Livingston

The Huntsville Item - September 14, 2017

Former first lady Laura Bush’s Texan by Nature joins conservation efforts. COLDSPRING — The young and the elderly. Experts and novices. Professionals and volunteers. That describes all of the people who have rolled up their sleeves to try and restore one of the state’s largest lakes for future generations to enjoy. Wednesday morning, former firstRead More

Laura Bush speaks at Lake Livingston restoration event

East Texas Matters - September 13, 2017

Cold Spring, Texas (KETK) – Former first lady, and Texan by Nature founder, Laura Bush came to Lake Livingston to celebrate it’s restoration. While there she spoke on a wide range of topics from the state of former president George H.W. Bush, to what her and former president George W. Bush are up to, toRead More

Monarch Butterfly

Authentic Texas - September 1, 2017

Water Willow

Texas Co-Op Power - July 1, 2017

Tom McDonough started fishing in Lake Livingston shortly after it was completed in the early 1970s. He would always get his limit of white bass, crappie, stripers, and assorted other varieties. He and his wife moved away for several years, but when they decided to retire in 2003, Lake Livingston was their first and onlyRead More

Monarch recovery focus of state symposium

NRCS - June 3, 2017

The recovery of the Monarch butterfly was the focus of the recent South-Central Monarch Symposium held at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin. Hosted by Texan by Nature which was founded by former First Lady Laura Bush, the symposium brought together upwards of 200 attendees representing ranchers, researchers, conservation agencies, Non-Government Organizations andRead More

Wildflower Seeds Spur Pollinator Gardens by Girls Scouts of Greater South Texas

NRCS - June 25, 2017

Monarchs will have a lot more native nectar plants drawing them to the Rio Grande Valley this fall and next spring thanks to packages of wildflower seeds which “planted” the idea for pollinator gardens by the Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas. “The seed packages from the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) given to meRead More

Ward Walker 7-Oaks Ranch Partners with Laura Bush’s Organization Texan by Nature

The Ozona Stockman - June 6, 2017

The Ward Walker Ranch recently became a Texan by Nature Monarch Wrangler for their efforts to create habitat essential to the monarch butterfly. Texan by Nature is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded by former First Lady Laura Bush to align the broad interests of conservation groups with business, healthcare, schools, the scientific community, and faith-based organizations.Read More