Katy Prairie Conservancy President/CEO Honored by Bayou Preservation Association with Terry Hershey Bayou Stewardship Award
What: The 2018 Terry Hershey Bayou Stewardship Award Luncheon, presented by the Bayou Preservation Association.
Where/When: Junior League of Houston, May 14, 2018.
Recap: Mary Anne Piacentini, president and CEO of the Katy Prairie Conservancy, was honored with the 2018 Terry Hershey Bayou Stewardship Award at the Bayou Preservation Association’s annual award luncheon May 14. Speakers praised her 30-year dedication to conservation and preservation of Houston area’s lands and waters, noting that she has been instrumental in increasing protected areas from 1,300 acres in 1999 to more than 25,000 acres of coastal prairie and wetlands today.
In accepting the award, Ms. Piacentini focused her remarks on the award’s namesake, Terry Hershey, noting that it is “really pretty humbling to walk in Terry’s footsteps.” She spoke movingly about the prairie as the area’s “first landscape” and asked the audience to work with her to save it.
Who: Speakers included Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, who delivered the keynote address; Robert Rayburn, President and Acting Executive Director of the Bayou Preservation Association, who presented the award to Ms. Piacentini, and Travis Bubenik, Energy and Environment Reporter for Houston Public Radio, who served as emcee. Among the attendees were Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner R. Jack Cagle, Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan, City of Houston Council Member Brenda Stardig, and Uptown Houston President John Breeding. The event was chaired by Michael Bloom, P.E., Manager of the Sustainability Practice at R. G. Miller Engineers and member of the Executive Committee of the Bayou Preservation Association.
Background: The Bayou Preservation Association – founded 52 years ago by Houston resident Terry Hershey and other individuals concerned with protecting Houston’s bayous – is dedicated to celebrating, protecting, and restoring the natural richness of all of our region’s bayous and streams through stewardship, leadership, education, and outreach.