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A Chat With
What Conservation Issues Affect the Nature Center?
Join us for our new Conservation Conversations series via Zoom. We will be sitting down with leaders in the conservation field to have a conversation about what conservation issues are most important to them during this time in our history. We will also explore how the Friends (and all of us) can participate in helping support conservation within — and beyond — the borders of the 3,600 acres that comprise the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge.
Our first conversation will be with Suzanne Tuttle, former manager of the Nature Center. As manager for 11 years and a staff member for another 12, Suzanne can provide valuable insight into the issues most affecting the park.
About Suzanne Tuttle
Suzanne Tuttle knows a thing or two about the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge. Before retiring in 2016, she spent 23 years on staff, with the final 11 of those years serving as manager. During her tenure, landscape restoration sites such as the Alice Ashley Savanna, Demonstration Prairie, and Deermouse Prairie came to fruition. After seeding, invasive plant removal, and prescribed burns over the years, each of these areas has matured beautifully. She also helped create the Texas Master NaturalistTM program at the Nature Center. This program continues to thrive and has proven to be a success. During her time at the Nature Center, staff size also doubled, the Nature Center celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2014, and the park received several notable awards, including recognition as a Lone Star Land Steward by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in 2009 and designation as a Lone Star Legacy Park in 2015 and Frontline Park in 2016.