Region: Blackland Prairie
Topics: Parks, Open Space, Ecotourism, Environmental History,
Mr. Siff has had a multi-faceted career in
conservation, working in early national Nader organizations, such as Congress
helping found and lead several state and local open space groups,
including the Texas chapter of the Trust
for Public Land and the
Austin Parks Foundation.
Realizing that public interest work requires
political engagement, Mr. Siff has been active in monitoring Texas
political goings-on as a former publisher of the
Quorum Report, and in
lobbying for millions of dollars of park acquisition bonds.
Seeing that non-profits need stable financial support, he served as
board chair of Earth Share of
Texas, a workplace giving campaign representing more than 70
conservation-oriented NGOs across the state.
Outside of the non-profit world, he
has also contributed to conservation efforts, by serving as executive
director of the well-known ecotourism firm,
Victor Emanuel Nature Tours,
and running his own private lands protection consultancy,
As well, Mr. Siff is a founding board member and
long-time officer of the Conservation History Association of Texas.
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