State Senator Lois Kolkhorst has received an award from the Texas Chapter of The Wildlife Society.

State Senator Lois Kolkhorst (right) with Dr. Don Steinbach, Executive Director of the Texas Chapter of The Wildlife Society.
(courtesy Office of Lois Kolkhorst)

Kolkhorst was presented the Distinguished Service Award at the society’s 56th annual meeting on February 14th, for her many years of service in the Texas Legislature advocating for wildlife.  The award was given to Kolkhorst by the Chapter’s Executive Director and Washington County native Dr. Don Steinbach, for her efforts to preserve private property rights, encourage wildlife conservation, and inspire resource management.

Kolkhorst said it is an honor to be recognized by “such a renowned group of wildlife biologists”.  She said their input and testimony through the years has been “invaluable” to lawmakers like her, and maintains that advocating for wildlife is very important, especially for those that grew up with a hunting heritage.

Kolkhorst said having Dr. Steinbach present the award gave it even greater meaning, saying he is “a pioneer in the field of wildlife biology”.  She said his works are “vastly known and respected”, and that he was teaching wildlife management at Texas A&M University long before people knew anything about it.

Founded in 1937, The Wildlife Society is an international, non-profit scientific and education organization serving and representing wildlife professionals.  The group’s goal is to promote excellence in wildlife stewardship through science and education.

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