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John Graves Fund | Dying Coral | TPWD Chief Receives Award

John Graves Legacy Supports Foundation’s Conservation Efforts

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation has received approval from the family of renowned Texas writer John Graves to honor his memory by creating the John Graves Legacy Society to formally recognize individuals who make planned gifts to TPWF. Planned gifts through a will or estate plan provide an opportunity for conservation-minded Texans to extend their impact into the future.

“We are pleased to honor this iconic Texas writer and conservationist,” says Anne Brown, TPWF executive director. “As someone who shared his own love of Texas’ wild things and wild places with thousands of readers, there could be no better namesake for a group dedicated to conserving Texas for future generations.”

Donors may not be aware of the many benefits of planned gifts. Advantages include the ability to make tax-free donations from an IRA at the appropriate age and to donate appreciated property, eligible for a federal income tax deduction with no capital gains tax. Traditional bequests through a will or living trust are the easiest and most flexible option, as they do not affect a donor’s current lifestyle or financial position.

Find out how you can leave a wild legacy for Texas at tpwf.planmylegacy.org.

Why Is the Coral Dying?

In late July, divers found huge patches of white mats coating corals and sponges and found dead marine animals littering the bottom of the East Flower Garden Bank, part of the national marine sanctuary 100 miles off the Texas coast. The reef has been considered one of the healthiest in the world.

About 50 percent of corals are dead in some of the affected areas, but the size of such areas is not yet known. Scientists are investigating possible causes like poor water quality, disease, chemical spills and large plumes of low-salinity coastal water that have moved offshore following months of heavy rainfall in the region.


Smith Receives Conservation Award

TPWD Executive Director Carter Smith will be honored this month with the Botanical Research Institute of Texas 2016 International Award of Excellence in Conservation.

Smith is passionate about the outdoors. He’s championed the Children and Nature Network movement in Texas, and has been extremely active in private land stewardship, invasive species issues, coastal conservation and acquisition of new parkland for state parks and wildlife management areas.

As executive director of TPWD, a position he’s held since 2008, Smith is responsible for overseeing an agency of 3,100 professionals in 11 different divisions, including Wildlife, State Parks, Coastal and Inland Fisheries and the Texas game wardens.

“To us, Carter Smith embodies a new generation of engaged and socially active conservationist,” says Edward Schneider, BRIT’s president and executive director. “Texans will benefit greatly from Carter’s environmental values and leadership for many years to come.”

Smith cultivated a love for wildlife and the great outdoors at an early age. He’s a hunter, angler and seventh-generation Texan. With degrees from Texas Tech and Yale, Smith began his career as an intern with TPWD.

“BRIT and TPWD share the same two-fold mission of conservation and education. Together, we have worked to introduce millions of children and adults to the wonders of Texas’ wild places and wild things,” Smith says.

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