About Us

CONSERVATION LEADERS IN EVERY COMMUNITY.

Texas Brigades’ mission is to educate and empower youths with leadership skills and knowledge in wildlife, fisheries, and land stewardship to become conservation ambassadors for a sustained natural resource legacy.
Texas Brigades provides a combination of educational programs, including eight summer camps: Bobwhite Brigade (quail), Buckskin Brigade (deer), Bass Brigade,  Waterfowl Brigade (ducks and geese), Ranch Brigade (cattle), and Coastal Brigade (marine life). Other Texas Brigades programs include Wildlife Intensive Leadership Development (W.I.L.D.) and Texas Brigades Experiences. An understanding of the importance of this organization is represented by its cooperating partners, including Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Texas Wildlife Association, Texas Wildlife Association Foundation, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. Texas Brigades is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

History

Dr. Dale Rollins, Extension Wildlife Specialist with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, came up with the idea for Texas Brigades as a way to expand Extension’s educational efforts by developing wildlife ambassadors. His idea came to life in 1993 with the formation of Bobwhite Brigade (known today as Rolling Plains Bobwhite Brigade).
As the saying goes, “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” To that end, Bobwhite Brigade has been cloned in five other states through collaborations with Quail Unlimited. Buckskin Brigade was used as the base model for Pennsylvania Bucktails. The Texas Chapter of The Wildlife Society models its own summer camp (initiated in 1996) after Texas Brigades.

Today

In Texas, Bobwhite Brigade expanded from its original camp in the Rolling Plains to East Texas Feathered Forces, formed in 1996, and finally to South Texas Bobwhite Brigade, formed in 1998.
South Texas Buckskin Brigade, an offshoot of Bobwhite Brigade, fledged in 2000; North Texas Buckskin Brigade held its first Battalion in 2002. Bass Brigade (2004), Waterfowl Brigade (2012), and Coastal Brigade (2016) added focus on aquatic, waterfowl, & marine species and management. Ranch Brigade, which launched its first Battalion in 2013, focuses on sustainable beef production from conception to consumer.
Each camp is 4 ½ days of intense, interactive, fun learning from top wildlife and natural resource professionals in Texas.  Subjects covered include everything from biology, habitat management, watersheds, population dynamics, ecology, and botany, to photography, journalism, firearm safety, fishing, communication, critical thinking, team building, and leadership.

Texas Brigades Board of Directors

Jon Taggart Board President Burgundy Pasture Beef
Charriss York Board Vice President, Governance Committee Chair Texas A&M Agrilife Extension
Bryan Jones Board Secretary/Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair Texas Wildlife Association
Whitney Klenzendorf Board Director, Development Committee Chair Texas Public Policy Foundation
Blaise Korzekwa Board Director, Program Committee Chair Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
Steven Bardin Board Director Texas Pro Lake Management
Warren Blesh Board Director RRR Ranch
Rose Cooper Board Director Public Educator
Anson Howard Board Director Uhl, Fitzsimons, Jewett, Burton & Wolff, PLLC
Phil McKinney Board Director Phillip A. McKinney & Associates
Ron McNamara Board Director First Principles Economics, LLC
Jennifer Neuhaus Board Director Mull Drilling Company, Inc.
Jeff Petter Board Director Resource & Land Management, Inc.
Robert Zearfoss Board Director Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union (RBFCU)

Texas Brigades Past Presidents

Mike Petter Immediate Past President Resource & Land Management
Larry Pierce Past President Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
Rory Burroughs Past President Comprehensive Land Management
Ken Cearley Past President Texas Agriculture Land Trust
Dr. Bill Eikenhorst Past President Creekside Veterinary Service
Dr. Dale Rollins Past President Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

Texas Brigades Staff

Natalie Wolff Executive Director
McKenzie Mull Program Manager