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Michael Barnes

Valarie Bristol is the 2016 Victor Emanuel Conservation Award winner

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Although I’m not always able to attend, I look forward every year to the Victor Emanuel Conservation Awards given out during a bright luncheon hosted by Travis Audubon.

 

Past recipients include famed nature guide Victor Emanuel, rancher David Bamberger (see video above), Texas river and wildlife advocate Andy Sansom, Carter Smith, Georgean and Paul Kyle, and Bob Ayres.

The group just announced that it will hold the luncheon on Oct. 8. So I’m safely booked.

This year the honoree will be Valarie Bristol.

Bristol Photo

Valarie Bristol.

“No one has done more to shape the environmental agenda in Texas than Valarie Bristol,” says Travis Audubon director Joan Marshall. “Valarie was born and raised in Bryan and is a University of Texas alumni. She received her law degree from the University and practiced law with Bickerstaff Heath and Smiley before being elected Travis County Commissioner in 1991. She was instrumental in the fight to save Barton Springs, the “Soul of the City” and in establishing the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve (BCP).”

Hey, I should profile her!