Gov. Abbott Appoints TWA Members, Buford and Polk, to the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation

Texas Wildlife Association is proud to recognize that our own Executive Committee Members, Tina Yturria Buford and Carl Ray Polk, Jr., have been appointed by Governor Abbott to the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board for terms set to expire on February 1, 2018 and February 1, 2019 respectively. The board administers Texas’ soil and water conservation law, and coordinates conservation and pollution abatement programs throughout the state. Buford and Polk will be a valuable resource to the board as experienced, hands on stakeholders and staunch advocates for sound soil and water conservation.

Tina Yturria Buford is a long time member and Executive Committee Member of Texas Wildlife Association and serves as the sitting President of Texas Wildlife Association Foundation. She was also appointed by Governor Abbott to the Governor’s Commission for Women in 2016. In addition, Buford works alongside her family at the H. Yturria Land and Cattle Company. She is president of Texan by Nature, director of the Sand County Foundation, and advisory board member for the Texas Ag Land Trust. Buford received a Bachelor of Science in rangeland ecology and management from Texas A&M University at College Station and a certificate in ranch management from the Texas Christian University School of Ranch Management.

Carl Ray Polk, Jr. is also a long time member and Executive Committee Member of Texas Wildlife Association. He is a partner at Corner Capitol Advisors, LLC. and an owner and operator of Polk Land & Cattle Co. in Angelina and Houston Counties. He is a board member of Texas Food and Fuel Association, chairman of the board of CHI St. Luke’s Memorial Hospital Lufkin and a board member and serves on the executive committee of Texas Southwest Cattle Raisers Association. He is the board chairman of Angelina County Expo Center, board member of Angelina County Fair and a committee member of the Private Landowners Advisory Committee at Texas Parks and Wildlife. Polk attended Kilgore College and The University of Texas at Austin and completed the Mergers and Acquisition Program from the Anderson School of Business at UCLA in Los Angeles, CA.

“Texas Wildlife Association is proud to have two of our key leaders appointed to the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board by Governor Abbott. Tina and Carl Ray are the perfect model of wildlife and land stewards in Texas who are out doing the work and doing right by Texas,” Texas Wildlife Association CEO David Yeates said. “We are extremely excited to continue to work alongside them and look forward to the impact they will have on Texas as members of the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board.”


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