Thursday, December 19, 2013

There Is A Star In Our Park

From Brent Leisure, the Director of Texas Parks and Wildlife:

"Melissa Mial at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area places stewardship of natural and cultural resources first.  The Regional Director states, "The volunteer is one of those constituents of Texas State Parks who is literally a natural steward of the resource.  This person has worked tirelessly to promote and support the site."  She is the leader of the Friends Group and recognizes that interpreting the park to visitors is an essential way to connect visitors to the resource."

Photos of Melissa are hard to find, as she avoids publicity.  This photo is from the Whole Earth Provision Company's News about her long-term partnership with them and Chaco-

Melissa is dedicated to making the world a better place. She is also involved with the Hill Country Land Trust and the Dark Sky initiative.  I first met her when she was the mentoring coordinator for the Fredericksburg Academic Boosters.  I am privileged to be one of the people who takes orders from her.  Another person who is eager to hear her ideas is Doug Cochran, Superintendent of ERSNA.  This private-public partnership works exceptionally well - Melissa and the Friends have ideas and a little money, and Doug can make the ideas reality.

She wouldn't want me to say this:  take any opportunity you have to thank Melissa Mial for her extraordinary talent, passion, commitment, and drive to make the world a better place, starting right here in the Texas Hill Country.