Honored for their Contribution to the Environment

Houston Wilderness takes the wraps off another segment of the Sam Houston Trail and Wilderness Preserve. It is a 650-mile greenbelt that circles the Greater Houston Metro region. The Brazos River trail represents an effort to protect the environment. Pat Hernandez has more.

The Brazos River Trail is a part of the Columbia Bottomlands. They are protected and preserved for future generations, thanks to Houston Wilderness. Rosie Zamora is president and CEO. She says the Brazos River is the longest in Texas:

"A beautiful river and rich history. This is the area that Austin formed his first colony."

Stephen F Austin, often referred to as the father of Texas, was originally buried along the Brazos. The unveiling of the second segment of the Sam Houston Trail and Wilderness Preserve took place at the River Oaks Country Club. The group also honored four trailblazers for their work in conservation and historic preservation. Fort Bend County Judge Bob Hebert was among the honorees. He says keeping it green is a top priority.

"If we don't keep it green, we're gonna get the wrong kind of jobs, the type of housing, the kind of businesses we want to attract won't come to Fort Bend County. Green is smart."

Dow Chemical was honored for its conservation efforts as well. Doug Whipple is property manager.

"Part of our core values are very much preservation our wildlife and our species, and our habitat."

The company also donated hundreds of acres to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It is the vision of Houston Wilderness to strengthen the alliance of business and government with conservation for the sake of the environment.

Pat Hernandez, KUHF...Houston Public Radio News.

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Pat Hernandez

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Pat Hernandez is a general assignments reporter who joined the KUHF news staff in February of 2008...