Author, conservationist honored by Friends of Fort Worth Nature Center

Published on April 28, 2022

a headshot of Mr. Bristol

The Friends of the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge honored George Bristol today at its annual fundraising event, Fort Worth Wild.

Bristol serves on the board of the Friends and has been instrumental in acquiring $200,000 in Texas Parks and Wildlife funding for the Nature Center, including the improved Greer Island Trailhead and added visitor amenities. Most recently, he helped raise $450,000 for new bison viewing decks for the center.

For more than 40 years, Bristol has been a successful entrepreneur, political organizer and lobbyist. He was appointed to the National Park Foundation board by President Clinton and Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt. Bristol formed the Texas Coalition for Conservation, where he advocated for better funding of Texas state parks. As president of that organization, he led a statewide effort that culminated in a constitutional amendment that permanently dedicated funding for state and local parks and historic sites. His statewide efforts continued when he helped to renew and expand the Texas State Parks Advisory Committee.

“I've always thought of George as kind of a contemporary patron saint of the state parks. He grew up using and loving state and national parks, but he has also spent a lifetime giving back to them, making them better than he found them,” said Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Executive Director Carter Smith.

Bristol is the author of Glacier National Park: A Culmination of Giants, and his autobiography, Politics and Parks, plus a recently commissioned book on the history of the Texas state parks system, which will be published in 2023 – its centennial year.



Photo: George Bristol



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