Region: Hill Country
Topics: Wildlife, Private Lands, Hunting, Advocacy, Non-profit
Mr. Langford worked for many years as a professional
photographer of Western life and landscapes. Concerned over the
breakup of many of the ranchlands he'd grown up on and visited, in
1990 he became Executive Vice President of the
Texas Wildlife Association.
Formed in 1985 by ranchers, hunters and wildlife managers, the
Association has focused on promoting the interests of privately-held
lands, which make up 97% of the state.
During his years with the Association,
Mr. Langford has represented the group in a successful effort to
introduce the "wildlife management tax valuation", which extended
discounts on land appraisals that parallel agricultural appraisals.
These tax reductions have helped many rural landowners who manage
their land for wildlife and hunting or birding or other kinds of
nature tourism. He has also worked to defuse tensions between
the agricultural and environmental communities through an effort known
Plan-It Texas, which used a Hill Country ranch as a case study on
how to protect endangered species, diversify into a profitable
bed-and-breakfast, cattle and hunting operation, and keep the land
intact long into the future.
In addition to his work in the business
and non-profit worlds, Mr. Langford has also been involved in a number
of appointed positions in government, particularly with
Texas Parks and Wildlife.
He has served on the the agency's Hunting Advisory Committee,
Whitetail Deer Advisory Committee and Education and Outreach Advisory
February 13, 2006
San Antonio, Texas
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