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Seminar “Finding Common Ground and Advancing Positive Conservation Outcome in Environmental Issues” with Craig Childs.

Master Naturalists frequently ask how we can participate in promoting positive environmental outcomes on a scale larger than our individual volunteer projects, and stay true to our Standards of Conduct and Code of Ethics.

On October 6 the Hill Country Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalist program sponsored an all day seminar and workshop “Finding Common Ground and Advancing Positive Conservation Outcome in Environmental Issues” at Patrick Heath Public Library in Boerne.

Courtesy of speaker Jaime González representing the Katy Prairie Conservancy, the event was recorded and made available on their YouTube channel.  Links for individual talks are below. If you watch just one part, I suggest Jaime’s. The first segment includes “Rules, Regulations, and Ethics: Avenues of Empowerment” (Michelle Haggerty and Craig Childs) and “Finding Common Ground Through Shared Idealism: Language, Triggers, and Consensus.”







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Freshwater mussels are Mother Nature’s barometers of environmental quality. When ecological conditions change or degrade, they are the first organisms to decline and vanish.  Nearly 80 percent of freshwater mussels are extinct, threatened, or endangered.

Robert G. Howells will challenge listeners to consider impacts from similar sources on the status of fauna and flora in Texas.
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Now in our fifteenth year of commitment to education, outreach, and service, we have trained more than 400 Master Naturalist volunteers who contributed more than 250,000 service hours to their communities.
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Keeping the Hill Country Native

Texas Master Naturalist, Hill Country Chapter is one of 45 regional Texas Master Naturalist volunteer corps.  Our chapter serves Bandera, Edwards, Gillespie, Kendall, Kerr, Kimble, Mason, Menard, Real, and San Saba counties.  Members receive comprehensive training in natural resource management specific to the Texas Hill Country and share their knowledge to promote conservation and good stewardship in their communities. Our chapter is a 501(c)(3) organization.



Want to join a group of friendly folks who love nature and the Texas Hill Country?  Explore our site for details, then email questions to our Membership Director.  We look forward to hearing from you!

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