Published on April 28, 2022
The Friends of the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge honored George Bristol as we speak at its annual fundraising occasion, Fort Worth Wild.
Bristol serves on the board of the Friends and has been instrumental in buying $200,000 in Texas Parks and Wildlife funding for the Nature Center, together with the improved Greer Island Trailhead and added customer facilities. Most lately, he helped increase $450,000 for brand new bison viewing decks for the middle.
For greater than 40 years, Bristol has been a profitable entrepreneur, political organizer and lobbyist. He was appointed to the National Park Foundation board by President Clinton and Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt. Bristol fashioned the Texas Coalition for Conservation, the place he advocated for higher funding of Texas state parks. As president of that group, he led a statewide effort that culminated in a constitutional modification that completely devoted funding for state and native parks and historic websites. His statewide efforts continued when he helped to renew and increase the Texas State Parks Advisory Committee.
“I’ve always thought of George as kind of a contemporary patron saint of the state parks. He grew up using and loving state and national parks, but he has also spent a lifetime giving back to them, making them better than he found them,” stated Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Executive Director Carter Smith.
Bristol is the writer of Glacier National Park: A Culmination of Giants, and his autobiography, Politics and Parks, plus a lately commissioned guide on the historical past of the Texas state parks system, which shall be revealed in 2023 – its centennial 12 months.
Photo: George Bristol
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