2011 Conservation Award Hero Andy Sansom

Andrew Sansom is well known as one of the leading conservationists in Texas. He has dedicated his life to managing and preserving this state’s natural resources. For that reason, Travis Audubon is proud to honor him with our Victor Emanuel Conservation Award.

As former executive director of the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, Sansom led that agency through a period of expansion with the addition of 500,000 acres to the state parks and wildlife management areas. Under his leadership, TPWD opened two state-of-the art hatcheries that also serve as research and education facilities/aquariums, and it created fish and wildlife programs to promote conservation awareness in urban settings, especially among children. Sansom also oversaw creation of the Parks and Wildlife Foundation of Texas to attract private donations.

Sansom has now dived into an issue that has no equal in terms of sustaining this state’s vitality—that of water. As executive director of the River Systems Institute at Texas State University, Sansom champions conservation day by day. The Institute supports research, public advocacy, and education on behalf of river systems. He is also a research professor of geography at Texas State-San Marcos.

To highlight water management and conservation, Sansom authored Water in Texas to help everyone from college students to CEOs understand the importance of maintaining water quality and quantity.