The East Foundation and The Witte Museum have joined forces to increase awareness of land stewardship principles and promote civil engagement in today’s youth by facilitating the Land Stewardship Ambassadors. Land Stewardship Ambassadors is a 10-session program for high school students from diverse backgrounds and locations that will promote a land ethic that can be applied in both urban and rural settings and will allow students to learn from and inspire one another to think critically about how we care for the land.
30 students total will be selected from Laredo and San Antonio to participate in 8 facilitated sessions in their hometown covering topics such as the social, economic and political aspects of land stewardship as well as the history of conservation. The remainder of the program will include two field investigations to the Witte Museum’s Land Stewardship Lab and the East Foundation’s historic San Antonio ranch. Activities will reinforce principles they have studied throughout the program. Each student will be required to present in a public setting about a topic related to land stewardship.
Applications must be submitted by November 1, 2018 with the first session starting on January 27, 2019.
Congratulations to Gilly Riojas, Ranch Manager, East Foundation Ranches, LLC for being selected as one of five new Directors of Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raiser's Association. He is joined by other new directors Cody Fry of Armstrong, D.A. “Day” Harral of Fort Stockton, James Oliver of Ozona, and Jessica Tate of Marfa.
Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Estela Avery, Tina Yturria Buford, Starr Corbin, Karen Harris, Amy Henderson, Karen Manning, Imelda Navarro, Rienke Radler, Jinous Rouhani, Catherine Susser, and Laura Koenig Young, and appointed Nathali Parker to the Governor's Commission for Women for terms set to expire on December 31, 2019. Additionally, Susser will continue to serve as chairman and Harris will continue to serve as vice chairman. Governor Abbott is charging this commission with developing a strategy and implementation plan to help make Texas the number one state for women-owned businesses, to help address the issue of human trafficking, and to help rebuilding efforts following Hurricane Harvey. Within the Texas Governor’s Economic Development Division, the commission specializes in outreach, education, research and referral services.
The East Foundation is looking for summer interns. Our internship program is a unique opportunity for students and recent graduates to gain hands-on experience in all facets of the Foundation’s operations—wildlife and vegetation surveys, facilities and infrastructure management, outreach and education, vegetation management, and all aspects of cattle production. The internship will be based primarily on the historic San Antonio Viejo Ranch; however, opportunities to work on and explore the diversity of the Foundation’s other ranches will abound.
Juniors, seniors, or recent graduates in Wildlife and Range Management, Natural Resources, Animal Science or related degree programs are encouraged to apply.
Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed George “Dave” Scott, III and appointed Gilbert “Gilly” Riojas to the Texas Farm and Ranch Lands Conservation Council for a terms set to expire on February 1, 2023. The Council’s duties are to advise and assist the Texas Farm and Ranch Lands Conservation Program (TFRLCP) with administration of the program and to select applicants to receive grants. The goal of the TFRLCP is a conservation of working lands with high values for water, fish and wildlife, and agricultural production.