Conservation Matters October 2013

The Texas Land, Water and Wildlife Connection

From the director: What we’re all about

By Dr. Roel Lopez, IRNR and TWRI

From the director: What we’re all about

At the Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources (IRNR) and the Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI), we share a complementary mission: land and water conservation. We also share resources, multiple locations and the expertise of more than 50 full-time professionals and support staff.

We believe that the role of institutes in the Texas A&M University System is to advance the interdisciplinary approaches required to effectively address the complex natural resource challenges facing the world today. We bring together faculty, research scientists, county agents, agency partners and students, and we work holistically, combining sound and timely research, effective policies and appropriate outreach. Working together, we are able to accomplish what a single researcher or department could not do alone.

As we continue forward with these missions, we appreciate your support and are happy to share with you our 2012–2013 Annual Reports for both TWRI and IRNR. These materials are available at and

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