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May 13, 2021 Media Contact: TPWD News,  Business Hours, 512-389-8030 AUSTIN – San Pedro Ranch, located near Carrizo Springs, will be awarded the state’s highest honor for private land conservation, and a $10,000 award, at the Lone Star Steward Virtual Awards Banquet on May 27. Anyone can join the livestreamed banquet and can find more information on how to tune in, along with information on other award winners, on the Lone Star Land Steward page of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) website. The ranch is owned by siblings Joseph Fitzsimons and Pamela Fitzsimons Howard and their families. Their…
Trace Burton, along with Trey Dyer of the East Foundation, were speakers at Texan By Nature’s “Rights-of-Way/Pollinator Leadership Round Table” at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas on January 23, 2019.  Mr. Burton and Mr. Dyer spoke about landowner engagement/partnerships, surface use agreements, and barriers to native habitat restoration.  Texan By Nature was founded in 2011 by former First Lady Laura Bush to unite business and conservation leaders who believe Texas’ prosperity is dependent on the conservation of our natural resources.
Robert Park will be speaking at the Boundaries and Easements seminar hosted by HalfMoon Education, Inc. on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at Hilton San Antonio Airport Hotel, 611 NW Loop 410 on the topic of Understanding Riparian and Water Rights. Robert will discuss the history and development of riparian rights, how land boundaries are determined near a water line, access rights to surface water and groundwater, and complying with regulations restricting access to and use of surface water and groundwater.
Caroleene Dobson joins UFJB&W as an associate attorney in our real estate practice. Caroleene has practiced in the area of commercial real estate law since earning her J.D. from Baylor University (magna cum laude, 2012). With a background in ranching, Caroleene will handle farm and ranch transactions and conservation easements in addition to commercial real estate. We welcome Caroleene as a valuable addition to the firm.
Joseph Fitzsimons, along with sister Pamela Howard, will be recognized on May 19 by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department during their annual banquet, for their contribution to natural resource conservation and management.  Along with six other ranches, the San Pedro Ranch will receive this award because owners Fitzsimons and Howard have implemented several wildlife habitat management techniques to improve the native habitat.  For more information about the Land Steward Awards, and the San Pedro Ranch, you may read the full article posted on the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department site by clicking here.
Joseph Fitzsimons spoke at the 20th Annual Texas Land Conservation Conference on March 3, 2016 on the topic of “Mineral Rights Issues and How to Negotiate Them in a Conservation Easement.” The conference was hosted by the Texas Land Trust Council (TLTC). The TLTC was formed in the late 1990s in partnership with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to serve as a support association for all land trusts in Texas. Today, TLTC is an independent nonprofit organization that continues to promote and sustain the conservation efforts of Texas land trusts.