Conservation Efforts in Times of Uncertainty
Conservation efforts in Texas have coped with economic challenges before, but unlike any other downturn, the economic crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the cracks in our conservation funding model. From state park closures to major reductions in oil and gas revenues, the economic mechanisms that typically support state, federal and non-profit conservation programs are feeling the effects. Join TWA as we have a conversation with Texas Parks and Wildlife Departments Executive Director, Carter Smith, and Natural Resource Conservation Service State Resource Conservationist Kristy Oates about the how we maintain the momentum of current and future conservation efforts amid all this uncertainty with the Covid-19 pandemic. Both will address how the pandemic is impacting state and federal conservation funding and how agencies are mitigating the affect Covid-19 will have on their ability to continue their landowner engagement and other conservation work? Finally, we will ask both to share what Texas landowners and the greater conservation community can do to ensure that our state and federal programs get the support they need.