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Nonprofit Resources for Nonprofits

Rudolph A. Rosen Texas A&M University Press ePub

The following nonprofit organizations, media, and agencies provide support and offer resources such as books and training to support nonprofit organizations’ fundraising and other essential functions, for example, board support, membership, administration, and general management.

Alliance for Nonprofit Management, San Francisco, CA

American Society of Association Executives, Washington, DC

Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action, Indianapolis, IN

Association of Fundraising Professionals, Arlington, VA

The Center on Philanthropy & Public Policy, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN

The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Washington, DC

Council on Foundations, Arlington, VA

Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI

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Northern Gulf of Mexico Sea-Level History for the Past 20,000 Years

Buster, Noreen A. Texas A&M University Press ePub

James H. Balsillie and Joseph F. Donoghue

This chapter is in memory of Jim Balsillie who passed away after a long illness. He was a pioneer in coastal sedimentary research and added new dimensions to our understanding of coastal change. His many admirers in both the geologic and engineering communities will miss his sharp insight and good humor. He was a good geologist and great friend.

High-resolution, composite sea-level curves have been developed for the northern Gulf of Mexico for the period since the Last Glacial Maximum. The goal of this work was twofold: (1) to define the regional sea-level history of the northern Gulf of Mexico using all of the available geochronological data on sea-level history, and (2) to examine the hypothesis that, for stable coastal regions of the Gulf of Mexico coastline, sea-level history approximates global (i.e., eustatic) sea level. The resulting sea-level curves are based on all available carbon-dated indicators of paleo-sea level and represent, on average, one measurement every 65 years for the past 20,000 years. The data sets consist primarily of geological sea-level indicators, along with some dates from archaeological artifacts.

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7. Moving into My Mountains

George Lambert Bristol Texas A&M University Press ePub


Moving into My Mountains

I’m sure to some sophisticates the scene, freeze-framed from behind, would have looked like an Edward Hopper or Norman Rockwell painting: a boy silhouetted in the door frame and an Olympia beer sign blinking in the window, while lights from the jukebox cast an eerie blue into the night and human forms milled about in shadows. Perhaps a darting figure would also have been seen within: working behind the bar was a woman, the manager and soul of the place then and for years to come. Freda Otsby was the patron saint of the Glacier Park trail crew until her death some forty years later, even though she would go on to be an outstanding public school teacher.

I spotted her and went up to the bar to get directions to the park headquarters. I must have said that I was on the trail crew, because she shouted out, “Bruce and Doug, he’s one of yours!” Out of the mass of humanity appeared two young men, Bruce Murphy and Doug Medley, who instantly took me under their wings. After introductions, they got me a beer. I was too young to buy, by a couple of months—it was June 1961 and I wasn’t yet twenty-one—although it didn’t seem to matter. In turn they introduced me to others who would be working on trails, blister rust control, and construction. Little did I know then that my budding friendship with Bruce and Doug would grow to span over half a century.

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6. Ecosystem-Based Management of Galveston Bay, Texas

John W Day Texas A&M University Press ePub

L. James Lester, Lisa A. González, and Priscilla A. Weeks

Our objectives are to describe the ecosystem of the Galveston Bay estuary, before significant modification, on the basis of historical maps and reports; to explain the modifications to the original ecosystem in support of consumptive and extractive uses and their impacts on the original ecosystem, and to suggest changes that must occur in current management systems to implement ecosystem-based management for this bay. The time frame for the analysis of human–estuary interactions in this chapter is approximately 150 years. For historical reference, a map from 1851 is included (Fig. 6.1), and records are compiled dating back to the late 1800s. Figure 6.2 displays a map of the Lower Galveston Bay watershed.

All of the government agencies managing Galveston Bay today were created with missions supporting consumptive use of natural resources. Regulation of consumptive use dates back to the 1800s. The first public navigation projects were begun in the 1850s (Gallaway 2002). The first state government agency empowered to regulate consumptive use of Texas bay resources was the Texas Fish and Oyster Commission established in 1895. An extractive approach to bay management was the norm until recently when nonconsumptive uses emerged as major policy considerations.

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14. Rules of Engagement: Making Collaboration Real

Paul Walden Hansen Texas A&M University Press ePub


Rules of Engagement

Making Collaboration Real

Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.

—Henry Ford

Recreational development is a job not of building roads into lovely country, but of building receptivity into the still unlovely human mind.

—Aldo Leopold

OFFERING THE NOSTRUM that people should work together is a staple in conservation speeches, especially in the natural resources profession and most especially with government employees. Making it happen is never easy. Participation without an open mind almost assures failure. The greatest progress killers are bad-faith engagements. Honesty, respect, and a measure of humility from both sides are key to success.

On a beautiful spring day in 2002 when Washington, DC, dripped with cherry blossoms, the two top executives of the powerful forest products industry trade association, the American Forest and Paper Association, quietly took me to an off-the-record lunch. They wanted to thank me for six years of “tough love” as they called it. It had been a difficult process, so it was best for all of us to do this privately. I had been an outsider invited to be deeply involved in their trade association’s business—working to improve forestry standards for an entire industry in a way that put the greatest pressure on the poorest performers.

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