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Past Chair of North East Texas Water Planning Group receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Texas Conservation Alliance (TCA) has announced the awarding of the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award to Richard LeTourneau, immediate past chair of the Region D Water Planning Group and a long-time associate of groups who oppose construction of the proposed Marvin Nichols Reservoir.

At its 2020 Annual Meeting, TCA praised LeTourneau, who serves as the group’s vice chair.

“Richard believes deeply in the importance of protecting the vital natural resources of East Texas,” said Janice Bezanson, a longtime director of the organization.  “To recognize his amazing body of work, Texas Conservation Alliance is proud to award Richard LeTourneau the Ned and Genie Lifetime Achievement Award.”

Named in honor of TCA’s founders, the award is reserved for people who have dedicated many years of service to conserving wildlife habitat, water resources, and other natural resources.

LeTourneau’s decades-long conservation activities include 20 years’ service on the North East Texas Regional Water Planning Group, with two stints as Chairman. He served on the task force that created the first wetlands plan for Texas, represented East Texas on the State Water Implementation Task Force, and served on other state agency committees.  LeTourneau has been on the board of TCA, Friends of Caddo Lake Refuge, and a number of other environmental organizations.  His accomplishments have resulted in protection of tens of thousands of acres of top-quality wildlife habitat as refuges, parks, or other wildlife areas. 

LeTourneau is also an ardent outdoorsman and hunter, and has canoed the entire Sabine River.  TCA chose to honor his love of Texas rivers with a handcrafted wooden paddle.  Engraved on the paddle are the Texas Conservation Alliance logo and the words: Richard LeTourneau, Ned and Genie Fritz Lifetime Achievement Award, 2020.

Bowie County Citizens Tribune

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