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Texas Conservation Alliance to Honor Buddy and Ellen Temple

Texas Conservation Alliance (TCA) invites the public to join in honoring Buddy and Ellen Temple for a lifetime of conservation achievements! Meet the Temples at TCA's 2012 Annual Meeting, Saturday, September 29, at 2:30 pm at the Museum of East Texas in Lufkin.

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Texas Conservation Alliance (TCA) invites the public to join in honoring Buddy and Ellen Temple for a lifetime of conservation achievements! Meet the Temples at TCA's 2012 Annual Meeting, Saturday, September 29, at 2:30 pm at the Museum of East Texas in Lufkin.
 
The program will feature acclaimed author and oral historian Dr. Thad Sitton, who will share stories about the Neches River in his talk, “Little Charlie‟s World: Yesterday and Today along the Neches”.
 
“Buddy and Ellen have done more for East Texas than anyone knows,” said Richard Donovan, author of Paddling the Wild Neches and a director of Texas Conservation Alliance. “Their efforts to protect the Neches would alone be worthy of an award. And that‟s just one of thousands of things they‟ve done.”
 
The Temples have been active spokesmen for protecting the Neches River and its exceptional history, bottomland forests, and wildlife habitat. Mr. and Mrs. Temple supported creation of the Neches River National Wildlife Refuge and urged Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison to introduce a bill to study a 225-mile segment of the upper Neches as a National Wild and Scenic River. Their efforts have led to several State Paddling Trails along the Neches.
 
The Temples longstanding history of wildlife conservation has spread beyond East Texas. In 2011 Mr. and Mrs. Temple were awarded the Leopold Conservation Award by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Sand County Foundation for their transformation of an over-grazed, over-hunted 11,000-acre ranch in South Texas to a haven for wildlife and an exemplary education and research center.
 
As chairman of the T.L.L. Temple Foundation, Buddy Temple has sponsored hospital expansion and medical research, education projects, libraries, community development activities, outdoor recreation, and protection of East Texas' abundant natural resources. The Foundation gave generously to restore the Lost Pines of Bastrop after last year's fires. Mr. Temple represented East Texas in the Texas Legislature and was elected to the state Railroad Commission, where he served as chairman.
 
Mrs. Temple has been active with education, library, leadership, and history initiatives, as well as numerous conservation and beautification efforts. She served on Lady Bird Johnson's Texas Highways Beautification Awards Committee and chaired the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Research Center during its formative years. Her efforts were key in establishing the Stephen F. Austin Native Plant Center. She received the Ralph W. Steen Memorial East Texan of the Year for her work on implementing the Green Infrastructure Plan for Angelina County.
 
Mr. Temple has served on the boards of Temple-Inland and First Bank and Trust, East Texas, and on the advisory board of the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute. Mrs. Temple has been a board member of numerous organizations, including a six-year term on the Board of Regents of the University of Texas.
 
Dr. Sitton has written twelve books about Texas history and culture. His upbringing in East Texas and his interest in rural life led him to write books on and Neches valley stockmen and hunters, Texas sheriffs, cotton farmers of the mule-power era, freedman‟s settlements, one-room schools, and East Texas sawmill towns. Because much of the information for his books was never written, he has made extensive use of oral history in his research, doing interviews ranging from famous Texans to backwoods characters.
 
Mack Turner, chairman of Texas Conservation Alliance, invites East Texans to join TCA's members in hearing Dr. Sitton's Neches River stories and in expressing a deep appreciation to Buddy and Ellen Temple for helping protect the beauty, forests, rivers, wildlife, and special quality of East Texas.
 
A reception will follow the meeting.
 
The location of the event, the Museum of East Texas, is at 503 North Second Street in Lufkin. Due to nearby construction, parking will be in the Tax Appraisal District parking lot across Paul Avenue from the Museum, with access through the Paul Avenue doors to the Museum.
 
For more information, contact Texas Conservation Alliance, www.TCAtexas.org, 512-327-4119.

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