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Artful Thursday, May 22nd at 6:30 PM

KUHF and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston present this month’s installment of Artful Thursday, on Thursday, May 22nd at 6:30 PM in the MFAH’s Brown Auditorium.  Carter Smith of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will speak about the work of the Katy Prairie Conservancy.  In this feature, Eric Ladau talks with Mr. Smith and Mary Anne Piacentini, the Executive Director of the Katy Prairie Conservancy.

If, as Jane Jacobs contends, “big cities need real countryside close by,” the Katy Prairie is as real as it gets – a working landscape of farms and ranches intermingled with wetlands and world-class wildlife habitat – just thirty miles west of downtown Houston as the goose flies. Today the prairie is threatened by accelerating development pressures as Houston keeps expanding westward. Since 1992, the Katy Prairie Conservancy has worked to save the ecological “heart” of the prairie—to date 18,000 acres have been conserved. Carter Smith discusses the challenges of conserving land near urban centers in Texas.

Smith is a native of Central Texas and grew up in a family with agricultural interests in Gonzales, Williamson, and later Edwards Counties.  He began his professional career in 1992 as a management intern at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, assisting in the Private Lands and Public Hunting programs.  He has a wildlife management degree from Texas Tech and a master’s degree in conservation biology from Yale University.  As a biologist, he has worked on a variety of research projects ranging from studying moose in the boreal forests of Saskatchewan to pronghorn antelope in far west Texas.  He is currently serving as the Executive Director of the TPWD.

In this special Artful Thursday feature, KUHF’s Eric Ladau speaks with Carter Smith and Mary Anne Piacentini, Executive Director of the Katy Prairie Conservancy.

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NightClassics host and Station Tour Coordinator Eric Ladau graduated from Illinois State University in 1979 with a Bachelor's degree in Mass Communication. While in college, he worked at KFJM in Grand Forks North Dakota and WGLT in Bloomington, Illinois. He hosted jazz, classical, folk and blues music programs and even...

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