This month’s speaker is Romey Swanson, who will discuss federal legislature that was submitted during last years session called H.R. 5650 or “Restoring America’s Wildlife Act”. The talk will review the history of the movement aimed at permanently funding management and restoration of non-game and imperiled species throughout America and how it got to the current point. We’ll discuss why now is an excellent opportunity to get this sort of funding approved. We’ll also review how Texas Parks and Wildlife Department would administer the funding and how we might expect it to benefit the conservation community as a whole.

Romey Swanson is the Conservation Project Manager at Hill Country Conservancy where he promotes land conservation with private landowners, public officials, and organizational leaders. Romey graduated from Texas State University – San Marcos with a B.S. in wildlife biology (2007) and an M.S. in wildlife ecology (2009). He is active with the Texas Chapter of The Wildlife Society and currently serves as Co-Chair of the Conservation Affairs Committee. He also serves on the board of directors for Hill Country Land Trust where he Co-Chairs the Lands and Easements Committee. During his free time, Romey continues to travel and study the natural history of Texas’ plants and animals while contributing to popular and scientific publications including his blog, www.moderntexasnaturalist.com.
The meeting is at 7:00 p.m.in the administration building of Tarrytown United Methodist Church, 2531 Exposition Blvd., Austin. Arrive at 6:30 for snacks and seed exchange.