The 2019 CYCL Group at Selah Bamberger Ranch Preserve.

AUSTIN, TEXAS – Leaders representing nationwide conservation organizations gathered this past weekend for the Confluence of Young Conservation Leaders (CYCL). This biennial event was hosted by Texas Brigades at McKinney Roughs Nature Park near Austin, TX, to share ideas and promote the growth of like-minded organizations across the nation.

Nearly sixty participants representing ten states and twelve organizations gathered on Thursday from far and wide. After settling in, each group got to know each other by introducing themselves and their organization’s mission.

On the first full day of the confluence, the CYCL group braved a cold, foggy morning to visit and explore the famous Selah Bamberger Ranch Preserve. There, they learned and witnessed best-practices for improving watershed health, as well as discussed principles of hydrology, and the cost of conservation. It was a pleasure for the group to spend time with J. David Bamberger himself, as well as Bamberger staff Colleen Gardner, Jared Holmes, Steve Fulton, Christina Farrell, and Brooke Bowman. After stopping for lunch at Blanco State Park, the group returned to McKinney Roughs to enjoy a presentation on “Ensuring Adequate Water Resources” from Cindy Loeffler, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department’s Water Resources Branch Chief. 

On Saturday, Marshall Trigg, Conservation Coordinator for the Lower Colorado River Authority, kicked off the day by giving a history of conservation efforts implemented on the McKinney Roughs property. The CYCL group spent the majority of the day on the ropes course, enhancing their leadership and teambuilding, and performing a river assessment while kayaking the Colorado River. That evening, discussion groups tackled topics related to national natural resources issues, natural resources careers and opportunities, and tools for developing young conservation leaders. 

The group participated in a final Leopold Land Ethic activity before saying goodbyes and departing on Sunday. 

ABOUT CYCL

CYCL is a collaboration between natural resource agencies and youth conservation organizations in multiple states aiming to share ideas and support the growth of youth conservation organizations across the nation. The inaugural event was held in 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri; the second event was hosted in Austin, TX in 2019. For more information about CYCL or the 2021 CYCL Event, please visit the CYCL Facebook page.

PARTICIPATING ORGANIZATIONS (2019 CYCL)

Texas Brigades (Summer Camps & W.I.L.D.)
Florida Wildlife Federation
National Wildlife Federation
Land Stewardship Ambassadors
Minnesota Conservation Federation
Conservation Leadership Corps – Missouri
Wisconsin Wildlife Federation
Texas Tech Wildlife Society
Sul Ross State University
Texas State Wildlife Society
Texas A&M Kingsville Wildlife Society
Texas Master Naturalist

CONTRIBUTORS

This event would not have been possible without the generous contributions of:

Conservation Federation of Missouri
Conservation Leadership Corps – Wisconsin
Fayette Soil & Water Conservation District
Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA)
National Wildlife Federation
Resource and Land Management, Inc.
San Antonio Quail Coalition
Selah Bamberger Ranch Preserve
Stregare Baking Company
Texas Brigades
Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation
Texas Wildlife Association
The Witte Museum
University of Missouri School of Natural Resources
Victoria Soil & Water Conservation District
West Texas Safari Club International
Wisconsin Wildlife Federation

VOLUNTEERS & COOK TEAM

Our volunteers are the best! Texas Brigades extends a huge thank you to our volunteers who gave our visitors a first-hand taste of true Texas cooking!

Celeste Dickschat
Peanut Jenschke
Bryan Jones
Mike Petter
Jeff Smith
Joe Taylor

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