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Texas Parks & Wildlife celebrates new young professionals group

Texas Parks & Wildlife celebrates new young professionals group

Matthew Crommett, Sophie Crommett, Frank Darden, Devin Cook, Texas Parks & Wildlife
Matthew Crommett, Sophie Crommett, Frank Darden, Devin Cook Photo courtesy of Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation
Philip Duggins, Leigh Dodson, Texas Parks & Wildlife
Philip Duggins, Leigh Dodson Photo courtesy of Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation
Carter Smith, Ann Montgomery, Genevieve Collins, Hendrika Rhoad, Phil Montgomery, Texas Parks & Wildlife
Carter Smith, Ann Montgomery, Genevieve Collins, Hendrika Rhoad, Phil Montgomery Photo courtesy of Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation
Carla Thompson, Anne Brown, Texas Parks & Wildlife
Carla Thompson, Anne Brown Photo courtesy of Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation
Susan Houston, Dave Litman, Anne Brown, Texas Parks & Wildlife
Susan Houston, Dave Litman, Anne Brown Photo courtesy of Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation
Stephen Franke, Jared Rann, Murrey McKee, Nate Ungarean, Texas Parks & Wildlife
Stephen Franke, Jared Rann, Murrey McKee, Nate Ungarean Photo courtesy of Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation
Reece Norris, Matt Rooker, Josh Durst, Texas Parks & Wildlife
Reece Norris, Matt Rooker, Josh Durst Photo courtesy of Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation
Bill Floyd, Harlan Ray, Eric O'Keefe, Texas Parks & Wildlife
Bill Floyed, Harlan Ray, Eric O'Keefe Photo courtesy of Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation
Steven Tucker, Daniel Becker, Thomas Duggins, Cara Darden, Texas Parks & Wildlife
Steven Tucker, Daniel Becker, Thomas Duggins, Cara Darden Photo courtesy of Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation
Mac Macfarlan, Harlan Ray, Josh McKee, Murrey McKee, Chris Landers, Matt Rooker, Texas Parks & Wildlife
Mac MacFarlan, Harlan Ray, Josh McKee, Murrey McKee, Chris Landers, Matt Rooker Photo courtesy of Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation
Carter Smith, Kelly Thompson, Ralph Duggins, Texas Parks & Wildlife
Carter Smith, Kelly Thompson, Ralph Duggins Photo courtesy of Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation
Luke Kline, Lindsey Nixon, Taylor Cotten, Texas Parks & Wildlife
Luke Kline, Lindsey Nixon, Taylor Cotten Photo courtesy of Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation
Matthew Crommett, Sophie Crommett, Frank Darden, Devin Cook, Texas Parks & Wildlife
Philip Duggins, Leigh Dodson, Texas Parks & Wildlife
Carter Smith, Ann Montgomery, Genevieve Collins, Hendrika Rhoad, Phil Montgomery, Texas Parks & Wildlife
Carla Thompson, Anne Brown, Texas Parks & Wildlife
Susan Houston, Dave Litman, Anne Brown, Texas Parks & Wildlife
Stephen Franke, Jared Rann, Murrey McKee, Nate Ungarean, Texas Parks & Wildlife
Reece Norris, Matt Rooker, Josh Durst, Texas Parks & Wildlife
Bill Floyd, Harlan Ray, Eric O'Keefe, Texas Parks & Wildlife
Steven Tucker, Daniel Becker, Thomas Duggins, Cara Darden, Texas Parks & Wildlife
Mac Macfarlan, Harlan Ray, Josh McKee, Murrey McKee, Chris Landers, Matt Rooker, Texas Parks & Wildlife
Carter Smith, Kelly Thompson, Ralph Duggins, Texas Parks & Wildlife
Luke Kline, Lindsey Nixon, Taylor Cotten, Texas Parks & Wildlife

Every Dallas socialite would agree that when a nonprofit brings something new to the table, a celebration is an order. To honor its new young professionals group, Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation (TPWF) held a celebratory dinner at Old Parkland, the historic complex recently renovated by Trammell Crow.

Since 1991, TPWF has been raising private funds to help manage Texas' natural resources. Now that young adults ages 40 and under have been added to the philanthropic mix, the organization can rest easy knowing that its future success is in good hands.

New devotees joined conservation leaders to hear TPWF staffers share insights on wildlife and natural resources. Texas Wildlife and Parks Department executive director Carter Smith, Texas Park and Wildlife Commission vice chairman Ralph Duggins, and Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation chairman Kelly Thompson offered tips on how to become proactive in fixing these problems.

Upcoming projects include the Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle Conservation Project, Sabine Lake Oyster Reef Restoration, Pronghorn Restoration in the Trans-Pecos, and Habitat Management for Northern Bobwhite and Grassland Birds.

"Resources for these conservation projects are necessarily limited," said Anne Brown, TPWF executive director. "Working together with the young professionals, we can leverage public funds with private philanthropy to ensure the continued success and expansion of successful Texas conservation projects."

Among the gents on the scene were young professional advisory council members Mac MacFarlan, Murrey McKee, Josh McKee, Reece Norris, Matt Rooker, Harlan Ray and Chris Landers, as well as Southern belles Lindsey Nixon, Ann Montgomery, Hendrika Rhoad, Devin Cook and Sophie Crommett. 

Those interested in joining can sign up online.