TPW Magazine January Preview

Passport to Texas from Texas Parks and Wildlife and the Wildlife Restoration Program

The January 2009 issue of Texas Parks and Wildlife magazine focuses on the multi-faceted issue of endangered species. Managing editor, Louie Bond.

And so, we’re taking it, kind of, almost as a theme through the magazine. Starting out with our “At Issue” by our Executive Director, Carter Smith, who quotes the famous American Conservationist, Aldo Leopold, who says: There are some who can live without wild things, and some who cannot. And, of course, here at Texas Parks and Wildlife, we fall into the latter category. We cannot live without any of these wild things. The main reason for a lot of the problems that these species are having is habitat loss. But there’s also some subtle things that go on, for example, wild fire control. I know that you and I grew up with Smokey the Bear—and tried to stamp out forest fires—which is a great cause. But, forest fires are a fact of life, and they’re Mother Nature’s way of getting rid of some undergrowth. And that does affect some of these species. And, I think that Carter Smith wraps it best. He says at the end of his at issue column this month, “I have no doubt that if we can collectively succeed in this worthwhile endeavor, our children, and their children, and their children after that, will be forever grateful. And if we don’t—they may never forgive us.”

The January issue of Texas Parks and Wildlife magazine is on newsstands now.

That’s our show…with support from the Wildlife Restoration Program…For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.

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