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Audubon Program to Honor Texas Women in Conservation


Terry Hershey

Terry Hershey

First Terry Hershey Award Luncheon Feb. 5

Audubon’s Texas Women in Con­ser­vation Program will debut in 2015 to honor the role that women play in the conservation field in the Lone Star State. A key highlight of the new program is the Terry Hershey Award which recognizes outstanding women leaders. In addition to the award, the new program supports opportunities in Texas for girls and women to become more involved in conservation and environmental sciences and engages women on important issues related to conservation in Texas.

The award is named for conservation icon Terry Hershey, who has devoted substantial passion, time, energy and resources to significant conservation projects in Houston, throughout Texas and nationally for more than 50 years.

The inaugural group of honorees are: Carol Dinkins, Environmental Practice Group Leader, Vinson &Elkins LLP (Houston), Susan Rieff, Executive Dir­ector, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center (Austin), Ellen Temple, Conser­vationist, book publisher and education advocate (Lufkin) and Mary Anne Piacentini, Ex­ecutive Director, Katy Prairie Con­serv­ancy (Houston).

“Audubon Texas is pleased to partner with the Houston Audubon Society for the first annual Terry Hershey Award luncheon on Feb.5,” said Brian Trusty, executive director of Audubon Texas. “It is our hope that these awards will serve as inspiration to other women and will encourage young girls to get involved and stay involved in conservation.

The awards luncheon is hosted by Audubon Texas and the Houston Audubon Society at the River Oaks Country Club in Houston. For more information, contact Brian Trusty at 214-370-9735 or visit texaswomeninconservation.org.

Mary Anne Piacentini

Mary Anne Piacentini

Ellen Temple

Ellen Temple

Susan Reiff

Susan Reiff

Carol Dinkins

Carol Dinkins

Audubon Program to Honor Texas Women in Conservation


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