2019 Victor Emanuel Conservation Award Luncheon Honoring Chris Harte

October 12, 2019, Austin Country Club

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2019 Conservation Hero Chris Harte

Travis Audubon is thrilled to honor Chris Harte with our 2019 Victor Emanuel Conservation Award.

Chris is a retired newspaper publisher who, with his late wife Kay Wagenknect Harte and son Will, has been restoring prairie and savannah at a ranch near Spicewood for more than 30 years. He has served on the Board of the National Audubon Society, on state Audubon Boards in Texas and Maine, and on state Boards of the Nature Conservancy in Texas, Florida, and Maine.

Chris and his brother convinced their father and uncle to buy 286 acres just north of the old town of Spicewood in 1972. Since then he has purchased additional parcels to create a 1,300-acre restoration project. Spicewood Ranch received the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s 2018 Lone Star Land Steward award for the Edwards Plateau.

Stay tuned for more information about the luncheon honoring Chris on October 12, 2019.

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Former Recipients

George Cofer
Founding Chief Executive Officer, Hill Country Conservancy

Mickey Burleson
Prairie Conservationist

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