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Honorary Host Committee Co-Chairs

Frances & Oskar Cerbins, Victor Emanuel, Susan Rieff, Dr. Andrew & Nona Sansom


Bob & Margy Ayres, J. David Bamberger & Joanna Rees, Valarie Bristol, Dr. Sam & Maydelle Fason, Shelia Hargis, the Hon. Karen & Leonard Huber, Caroline C. Jones, Suzanne Kho, Georgean & Paul Kyle, Clif & Brenda Ladd, Julia Marsden, Carol Ray, Sharon & Jeff Richardson, Stacy & Carter Smith, Jason & Lisa Spangler, Eric Stager, Jo Wilson & Carol Bennett, Mark Wilson & Dana Kuykendall

Announcing the 2017 Conservation Award Hero Mickey Burleson

Mickey Burleson has dedicated much of her life to recovering Texas’s native Blackland Prairies and conserving Texas wildlife. She and her late husband have been called the first prairie restorationists in Texas. Together they restored over one hundred acres of former cotton fields on their Burleson Prairie and coauthored an important guide to tall grass restoration. She has been a close partner to Travis Audubon, Native Prairie Association of Texas, Master Naturalists, and many other groups and served on the Texas Parks & Wildlife Commission as well as numerous boards including Nature Conservancy of Texas, Texas Land Conservancy, and Texas Audubon Society. She is a true conservation hero!






Former Recipients

Valarie Bristol
Former Travis County Commissioner

Bob Ayres
Trustee, Shield-Ayres Foundation

Georgean Kyle and Paul Kyle
Chaetura Canyon Stewards

David Bamberger
President, Bamberger Ranch Preserve

Carter Smith
Executive Director, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Andrew Sansom
Executive Director, the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University-San Marcos

Victor Emanuel
President, Victor Emanuel Nature Tours