Conservation Committee

Wednesday, 9:00am, Nov. 3, 2004

Commission Hearing Room
4200 Smith School Road
Austin, TX 78744
Item No. Subject Public Hearing Agenda Item No.
  Approve previous Committee Meeting minutes.  
1. Chairman's Charges (Oral Presentation) Committee Only
2. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Land and Water Resources Conservation and Recreation Plan - Update
Staff: Scott Boruf
Committee Only
3. Land Sale and Exchange - Floyd, Briscoe, Hall Counties
Staff: Corky Kuhlmann
Executive Session
12 / Handout
4. Land Acquisition - Bexar County
Staff: Jack Bauer
Executive Session
13 / Handout
5. Other Business

Committee Agenda Item No. 2
Presenter: Scott Boruff

Conservation Committee
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Land and Water Resources Conservation and Recreation Plan
Update
November 2004

I. Executive Summary: Staff has been reviewing the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Land and Water Resources Conservation and Recreation Plan (LWRCRP) for the purpose of developing updates. Several focus group meetings were held with staff in Regions 1-10 during the months of February, March and April 2004 in different locations throughout the state to formulate recommendations to the Commission regarding potential changes or updates to the plan. A Natural Leaders group is developing a protocol for updating the plan in the future.

II. Discussion The LWRCRP endorses many longstanding conservation efforts undertaken by the agency and set the stage for a renewed focus on water. The agency has decided to enhance operations by developing an aquatic model that would result in closer working relationships between the resource divisions, with an emphasis on improving conservation efforts on the ground. The science teams have devised a regional aquatic model that effectively divides the state into 10 aquatic ecosystems, arranged by river basins or combinations of such. We will have a clearly defined process for keeping the LWRCRP relevant and current, so that future leaders in the agency will be better able to ensure consistency and a common vision for all agency staff. The first round of focus group meetings has been completed. These meetings resulted in an extensive review of the Goals of the LWRCRP, a review of the Objectives of those Goals and began formulizing a Business Principles and Work Ethics statement for the agency. A compilation of those discussions was presented in the final analysis by the Natural Leaders Group.


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