ECHO VALLEY CHALLENGE GRANT
The Mabee Foundation has issued a generous Challenge Grant to the Foundation and its donors in support of Echo Valley 2020, our coming renovation of the Canyon campsite used by more than 12,750 campers annually. To receive the grant, we have to meet the challenge of raising $600,000. If you are able to help, call Perri Rosheger, our executive director of constituent relations, at 830-315-9304.
KEVIN WESSELS COMPLETES TEXAS MASTER NATURALIST
This spring, Kevin Wessels, Assistant Director of Stewardship at the H. E. Butt Foundation, became certified as a Texas Master Naturalist. The certification and volunteer program is cosponsored by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension service, is, according to its website, “designed to develop a corps of well-informed volunteers who provide education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities for the State of Texas.” Kevin completed 40 hours of classroom and field training. The designation also requires 40 hours of volunteer service and eight hours of continuing education per year to maintain. The program brings in guest speakers and experts who cover a variety of topics related to general land stewardship.
Kevin says, “It’s a very beneficial thing for my position here at the Foundation. It provided a really great education in Hill Country land stewardship. It informs one’s sense that all the parts are dependent on each other and to have an adequate sense of the whole you have to know all the components.”