Mark Bivins of Amarillo is the fourth generation of his family to make a living by ranching in the rangelands of the Texas Panhandle.
“My ancestors made a living from the land. I’ve made my living from the land—and I look forward to passing it on to the next generation of land stewards,” said Bivins, who is a rancher and businessman.
He is committed to conserving Texas. Bivins is a former Commissioner of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department as well as a trustee of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation. He also served on the board of Taking Care of Texas, now Texan by Nature. Bivins is a member of Texas Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association and Texas Cattle Feeders Association.
“I accepted a position on the TALT board because conserving land is important to me—and it’s important to TALT,” Bivins said.
While he understands the importance of the state’s ecological health, Bivins is equally aware of Texas’ economy. He has served on the Governor’s Task Force for Economic Growth, the Don and Sybil Harrington Foundation, and the Amarillo Area Foundation.
“I hope that my experience in production agriculture, conservation organizations and business will help TALT achieve its goals,” Bivins said. “Unlike many land trusts that focus solely on preservation, TALT is dedicated to keeping agricultural lands working.”
TALT brings knowledge and options to the table for Texas landowners.
“Texas is one of the largest private lands states,” Bivins said. “While it’s up to each landowner to conserve his or her property, the best conservation is accomplished with knowledge. The more landowners know about their various options, the more likely they will be able to act in the best interest of their family—and in the best interest of Texas.”