Region: Hill Country
Topics: Forests, Logging, Streams, Dams, Environmental History
Mrs. Bezanson has had long experience as a
volunteer, board member, officer and executive director with
Texas Conservation Alliance, the statewide group
formerly known as the Texas
Committee on Natural Resources (TCONR). She and TCONR have
been successful advocates for reform and limits on clearcutting,
burning and abusive practices in the public forests of Texas, as well
as for creation of 35,000 acres of wilderness areas within these
public lands. She helped extend many of these same goals and
strategies to other states via the national Forest Reform Network.
Aside from forestry work, Mrs. Bezanson and TCONR have been active in
protecting free-flowing streams against dams proposed for the Little
Cypress, Neches, and Sulfur Rivers.
She is also active in land conservation, as a
the American Lands Alliance,
which advocates for public lands across the country. On the
state level, she has been a board member and past president of the
Natural Area Preservation
Association, the oldest and largest state-based land trust in
Texas, responsible for 80 preserves throughout the state.
As well, Mrs. Bezanson is a board member of the
Conservation History Association of Texas, helping guide its archive
and documentary work.
January 20, 2007
West Lake, Texas
Reels 2385 and 2386