To preserve and protect the flow, natural beauty and purity of the San Marcos River
2018: Dr. Andrew Sansom
Andrew Sansom is one of Texas’ leading conservationists. He is a former Executive Director of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Executive Director of the Texas Nature Conservancy. Under his leadership at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Dr. Sansom spearheaded a number of significant programs, including: founding the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation, adding over 500,000 acres to the State Parks and Wildlife Management Areas, creating two nationally recognized aquatic facilities which include hatcheries, research laboratories, educational centers, and aquariums and initiating an aggressive program to introduce urban children to nature and the outdoors
Andrew Sansom now serves as Research Professor of Geography and Executive Director of The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University where he coordinates university policy and research related to freshwater resources, manages the headwaters of the San Marcos River; administers the most extensive freshwater environmental education program in Texas; and supervises the training and coordination of more than 1000 volunteer water monitors in rivers and streams throughout the State.
But with all that Andy does, he somehow found time to help SMRF over and over and over, during the past five years, with every roadblock we came to, every difficult situation, in our land conservation efforts. His advice and at times, his personal time spent meeting with landowners, city and state officials, and funders, moved our project forward. For his untiring efforts on behalf of our projects to care for the San Marcos River and his work to protect freshwater all over the state, we declare Andy a Friend of the San Marcos River.
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