Natural Resource Challenges and Opportunities in Texas’ Last Frontier
The Chihuahuan Desert Conference is pleased to announce that Dr. Louis A. Harveson will be our luncheon speaker on November 7 in the Event Pavilion. Dr. Harveson is the founder and director of the Borderlands Research Institute and holds the Dan Allen Hughes, Jr., Endowed Directorship. Since 1998, Dr. Harveson has served as a faculty member at Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas where his research program has focused on the ecology and management of large mammals, upland gamebirds, and predators. Harveson has completed 55 MS/PhD students with 10 in progress; has secured >$15M in grants and gifts, and published >70 manuscripts and >50 published popular articles. Harveson’s research efforts have focused on the borderlands of Texas-Mexico including Gulf Coast Prairies, South Texas Brush Country, and the Trans-Pecos Mountains and Basins. An underlying theme to Harveson’s research has been on conservation of natural resources on private lands.
Harveson received a B.S. in Wildlife Management from Texas Tech University, his M.S. in Range and Wildlife Management from Texas A&M University-Kingsville where he worked with northern bobwhites, and received his Ph.D. in Wildlife Science from the Joint Ph. D. program at Texas A&M University-Kingsville and Texas A&M University where he studied mountain lions in south Texas.
Harveson serves on numerous regional and statewide conservation committees and presently serves as Second Vice-President of Programs for Texas Wildlife Association. Harveson is a Certified Wildlife Biologist and an active member of The Wildlife Society at the national, state, and university level.
His presentation is entitled “Natural Resource Challenges and Opportunities in Texas’ Last Frontier.” Among the 10 ecoregions in Texas, the Trans-Pecos stands out as the most iconic, the most diverse, and the most pristine. The Trans-Pecos represents the northeastern extent of the Chihuahaun Desert, one of the most biologically diverse regions of the world. The region supports over 500 species of birds, over 170 species of reptiles and amphibians, and over 120 species of mammals. Most of the natural resource challenges stem from changes on the landscape (brush encroachment, hydrology) pressures from population growth (fragmentation, land-use changes), and increasing activity to develop energy (solar, wind, and oil and gas). The future of the natural resources of the Trans-Pecos lies in the hands of the private landowners, communities, and the resource agencies that are entrusted to manage these valuable resources. If we are to maintain some semblance of wildness in the great state of Texas, we need to start with the Trans-Pecos: Texas’ Last Frontier.