Agenda

10:00-10:10 AM

WELCOME

Creating and Realizing Return on Conservation

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Remarks from TxN President & CEO, Joni Carswell and TxN Board Chariman, Neal Wilkins

Location: Auditorium

10:10-11:40 AM

THIS LAND IS OUR LAND

95% of Texas is privately owned. Innovating to achieve broad and enduring conservation practices is key to our health, food systems, recreation opportunities, and sustained economy.

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Speakers:

  • Texas Land & Demographic Trends: Roel Lopez, Director, Texas A&M NRI
  • 2019 Conservation Wrangler: Texas Prairie Wetlands Project (Ducks Unlimited)
  • 2019 Conservation Wrangler: Grassland Restoration Incentive Program (Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture)
  • Pollinator Habitat on O&G Rights of Way: EOG Resources

Location: Auditorium

11:40-12:15PM

LUNCH

12:15-1:35 PM

TREASURE FROM TRASH

Resources come in many forms – including some that are headed for a landfill. Collaborating to utilize resources can create healthy habitats, recreation opportunities, cost savings, and even mitigate storm risks!

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Speakers:

  • 2019 Conservation Wrangler: Rio Grande Valley Reef Restoration (Friends of RGV Reef)
  • 2019 Conservation Wrangler: Oyster Shell Recycling Program (Galveston Bay Foundation)
  • Stay tuned for additional speakers!

Location: Auditorium

1:35-1:50 PM

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Networking & Exhibition

1:50-3:20 PM

FUTUREPROOF

Texas’ population is expected to grow 60% by 2050. Innovating and planning to best utilize and provide access to resources offers a sustainable advantage for our future.

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Speakers:

  • 2019 Conservation Wrangler: Certified Water Partner Program (El Paso Water)
  • 2019 Conservation Wrangler: Trinity River Paddling Trail (Trinity Nature Conservancy)
  • Planning for the Future: Wendy Shabay, Vice President and Group Manager, Urban Planning + Design, Freese and Nichols
  • Health and Nature: Jay Maddock, PhD, FAAHB, Texas A&M University

Location: Auditorium

3:20-3:35 PM

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Networking & Exhibition

3:35-4:55 PM

ROCing RESULTS

Measuring and reporting the results of conservation can be hard. Using a Return on Conservation framework that works can be a profitable competitive advantage.

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Speakers:

  • Measuring and Evaluating Natural Resource Metrics: Holly Bamford, Ph.D., Chief Conservation Officer, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
  • Stay tuned for exciting speakers!

Location: Auditorium

4:55-5:00

SUMMIT CLOSE

5:00-6:00 PM

NETWORKING RECEPTION

6:00-7:30 PM

DINNER AND CELEBRATION

Celebrating the Best of Texas Conservation

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The Texan by Nature Conservation Wrangler Program highlights the very best Texan-led conservation projects that demonstrate tangible returns for people, prosperity, and natural resources. Texan by Nature supports these select innovative and transformative projects with tailored aid, resources, and visibility. The 2019 Conservation Wranglers include:

  • Certified Water Partner Program (El Paso Water)
  • Grassland Restoration Incentive Program (Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture)
  • Oyster Shell Recycling Program (Galveston Bay Foundation)
  • Rio Grande Valley Reef Restoration (Friends of RGV Reef)
  • Texas Prairie Wetlands Project (Ducks Unlimited)
  • Trinity River Paddling Trail (Trinity Nature Conservancy)