Region: Hill Country
Topics: Non-profit, Population, Wildlife, Water
Mrs. Hughes is president of a technical and marketing writing
firm, Wordwright Associates, but has been very active in the
conservation field as well, both in non-profit efforts and
She has been deeply involved in the
Audubon Society, at national, statewide, and local levels. She
has served on the board of the National
Audubon Society, where she was active in its Population and
Habitat campaign. Mrs. Hughes was also a director and president of
Audubon Texas and the Audubon
Council of Texas, where she sought to bring together the 21 Texas
chapters. Finally, she has been a board member and president of
Bexar Audubon Society,
which has sponsored such efforts as the South Texas Farm and Ranch
Forum and the San Antonio
In seeing the connection between bird
populations and habitat that would feed and shelter these birds, Mrs.
Hughes became a co-founder of Natural
Initiatives, a San Antonio program that promoted wildscaping and
became the basis of the Master Naturalist program, which now boasts 35
chapters and 4000 volunteers statewide working on natural
resource conservation, preservation, restoration and outreach.
Mrs. Hughes has also been engaged in
governmental work, both as an appointed and elected official.
She is an environmental and historical representative on the Technical
Advisory Committee for the City of San Antonio's
Planning Commission, and has a seat on the Citizens Advisory
Committee for San Antonio's municipal power company,
City Public Service.
In addition to dealing with these issues about the City's built form
and energy supplies, she has worked on water problems as well, as the
appointed environmental representative to the
South Texas Regional
Water Planning Group.
Her interest in water has carried over
into an elected position on the board of the
Edwards Aquifer Authority,
which has dealt with many thorny problems such as pumping limits,
recharge zone development controls, artificial recharge, and
endangered species studies and protection.
February 17, 2006
San Antonio, Texas
Reels 2340. 2341, and 2342