Chapter Program: Monarch Flyway-presented via ZOOM for members only
June 4 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Deborah January-Bevers will talk about the monarch flyway and will give us ideas on what can be done to protect vital native habitat along the flyway. Please note that due to COVID-19 restrictions, this program will be presented via Zoom to TMNCPC members only. All members will receive an email in advance of the meeting which will provide the information needed to access the Zoom meeting.
The Texas Monarch Flyway Strategy (Texas MFS) is a statewide effort to restore, increase and enhance Monarch habitat across four major regions in the state – all of which serve as critical links in the Monarch butterfly’s journey along the Central Flyway from Canada to Mexico and back every year. The Texas MFS also serves to protect habitat for other pollinators that are crucial to local ecosystems and agriculture. The four regions included in the program are: Gulf-Houston, South Texas, North Texas and Hill Country.
Deborah has been involved with public policy around the Greater Houston region and the State of Texas for over 35 years, currently serving as President & CEO of Houston Wilderness (www.houstonwilderness.org). She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Austin in 1985 and her J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center. She most recently helped create and now implement the 8-county Gulf-Houston Regional Conservation Plan (www.gulfhoustonrcp.org). She is lead author on Houston Wilderness’ Ecosystem Services Primer, 2nd Edition and speaks regularly at environmental conferences on Greater Houston’s ecological assets and regional ecosystem services case studies.
Over the years, she has worked in and around the U.S. Congress and Texas Legislature, and with various regulatory agencies, county commissioners, city mayors and council members. to improve the Greater Houston Region’s quality of life. Among other large initiatives, Deborah and the HW staff are currently working with over 100 civic, governmental and business organizations to implement the 8-county Gulf-Houston Regional Conservation Plan (www.gulfhoustonrcp.org) to promote, protect and preserve the 10 distinct ecoregions in and the Gulf-Houston Region in three key goals: provide more protected/preserved land, double the use of nature-based infrastructure and provide annual increases in soil carbon sequestration throughout the 8-county region. She also co-authored the Houston Wilderness Ecosystem Services Primer: Problem-solving Using Ecosystem Services, and speaks regularly at environmental conferences on Greater Houston’s ecological assets and regional ecosystem services case studies.