The East Foundation’s charitable activities are achieved through a coordinated program of research, education, rangeland management, and outreach in pursuit of our mission. The Foundation’s Program fully integrates these activities and uses its 216,000 acres of South Texas native rangeland as its platform for delivery. Our mission and purpose are reflected in our program priorities.
CONDUCTING RESEARCH THAT MAKES A DIFFERENCE
We develop research programs that intentionally focus on those factors that most threaten the productivity of native rangelands. Factors such as drought, disease, invasive plants and exotic animals severely impact the biological productivity of native rangelands. These factors threaten the conservation of important wildlife habitats and the sustainability of livestock production.
IMPROVING UNIVERSITY PROGRAMS
We engage with universities to develop changes in undergraduate experiences, graduate curricula, and faculty focus. Many of the nation’s great university systems have a history of training future land managers, scientists, and policy-makers. Through deeply engaging with universities we can strengthen the pipeline of talented scientists and well-informed decision makers so that we are having an influence on future leaders.
EXPANDING EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES IN SOUTH TEXAS
Using a platform of natural resource education that celebrates private land stewardship as well as the unique landscape and culture of South Texas, we deliver programming, knowledge, and leadership skills to the youth of South Texas, including under-served communities, benefiting the region now and in the future.
LEADING EFFECTIVE OUTREACH EFFORTS
Recognizing that effective natural resources management and conservation education are challenges beyond South Texas, we deliberately engage like-minded partners at the local, state, and national levels, allowing us to leverage existing resources, while sharing our research and successful education strategies, enhancing conservation around the state and across the nation.