Region: Hill Country
Topics: Wildlife, Herpetology, Biology, History, Forests,
Mr. Wills has a degree in wildlife biology and herpetology, and
has been involved professionally in numerous inventories and
environmental studies, including projects in the U.S. Army's facility
at Camp Bullis,
the Department of Energy property at the
Repository, and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's
Government Canyon State Natural Area.
He tracks endangered species issues
(e.g., black-capped vireo, golden-cheeked warbler, cave invertebrates,
and vegetation) for the
Club's Alamo group, as well as following water problems (including
water recycling, irrigation transfers, recharge dams, weather
modification, and desalination), and
Lake restoration efforts.
Recently, he has taken a particular
interest in the historical ecology of the Edwards Plateau,
investigating how central Texas has evolved from an open savanna to a
more closed woodland due to grazing, fencing, and fire suppression.
He has recovered accounts of little-known clearcutting of ashe juniper
in the Camp Wood area, where 38,000 acres were cut and hauled for use
as fence posts, house piers, and pencils, and a legacy of erosion and
golden-cheeked warbler habitat destruction was left.
February 13, 2006
San Antonio, Texas
Reels 2324 and 2325