""In wilderness is the preservation of the world."  Henry David Thoreau-------- Protection of our parks and nature preserves has been a long term support project for me.  My home state of Alabama is a very bio diverse place and I hope to keep it that way by joining others in support of the Alabama Wildlife Foundation and Forever Wild.  I also support the University of Alabama's award winning program "Discovering Alabama" with environmentalist and educator, Doug Phillips, who teaches the public about our natural treasures.   "

Besides the Alabama projects noted in my conservation statement, I am interested in the Black Jaguar Project in Brazil where they are reforesting on a grand scale to create the Araguaia Biodiversity Corridor to help local flora and fauna and the planet in general as well.  On a smaller scale, my daughters and I recently visited the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge near Brownsville, Texas for a fundraiser benefitting their ocelots by creating safety corridors to mitigate highway deaths.  I have pledged a painting for next year's event.