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The Texas Coastal Exchange is Open for Business - Rice Bioscience Research Collaborative
Jim Blackburn and development partners in the Texas Coastal Exchange met with a cross section of the community to discuss the TCX's goals and mechanics, and to sign up candidates for a Texas coastal exchange for ecological services—carbon, fish and wildlife, water, and endangered species— around the Galveston and Matagorda Bay areas. Notable speakers included: Jim Blackburn, Henk Mooiweer (Soil Value Exchange), Val Marmilion (America’s Wetland Foundation/Louisiana Coastal Exchange), and Dave Batker (Earth Economics).
Stephen Harrigan is a Texas novelist, screenwriter, and long-time writer for Texas Monthly and nature publications like Audubon, Outside and National Geographic. His family moved to Corpus Christi when he was young, where he became fascinated with bay and coastal waters. His debut novel, Aransas, followed a young dolphin trainer through the realization that the beautiful creatures needed live their lives free in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Stephen continues to return to the subject of Texas and its natural places in his work today.
Director of the The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment
Former Director Texas Parks and Wildlife and Nature Conservancy
Andy Sanson spoke eloquently about his long love of—and work to protect—nature and water in Texas, and the many challenges to their health from over demand, misuse, and neglect. Mr. Sansom's interview was taped overlooking Spring Lake, the headwaters of the San Marcos River, once threatened by overuse of the Edwards Aquifer source, but saved after a protracted battle to protect some of the river's endangered species.
Texas Sea Grant Extension Agent &
Matagorda Bay Foundation
We recently interviewed Bill Balboa. He spoke about the unique beauty and ecological importance of Matagorda Bay. Later we followed him as he directed a community effort to jumpstart oyster reef restoration, involving a large group of 4H students and Matagorda County citizens
About Gulf Coast estuaries
Richard Gibbons of Houston Audubon gives his thoughts about the importance of the coastal habitat to birds and how birding as ecotourism has supported a win/win for the coast.
Elizabeth Winston Jones
Environmental Program Consultant
About meeting with landowners
Elizabeth Winston Jones reviews her long collaboration with Jim Blackburn. It all started with Houston Wilderness and its Green Think Tank, from which the Texas Coastal Exchange and the Lone Star Coastal national Recreation Area were launched.
Jim Blackburn joins his long-standing fishing guide on Matagorda Bay. Al Garrison has been Jim's mentor— teaching him the ways of the bay and its waters.
An early morning brainstorming session betweem Jim Blackburn, Henk Mooiweer, and Megan Parks was caught on video for Calming the Waters.
About thinking "outside the frame"
"I've heard a lot of speeches in my career, but hearing Jim speak stays in my mind, because of his kind of unique approach to solving certain problems. And I thought, 'I just need to have a meeting with Jim, and let's see what comes out of it'. In thirty minutes we hit it off and we understood that we could really start to collaborate."
Sr. Grant Officer, Retired
About The Aransas Project vs. Shaw trial, 2011
"Jim had the right questions and George (Archibald, co-founder of the International Crane Foundation) had the right answers. It was a fascinating trial. It was like reading a John Grisham novel... The trial was sort of a capstone for my love of whooping cranes and knowing that there were so many people who cared about those birds."
Calming the Waters
Calming the Waters
A documentary film about reaching everyone in the cause of environmental protection. Even the skeptics.