Cemex USA was recognized by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for its ongoing commitment to sustainability and land stewardship with the prestigious 2017 Lone Star Land Steward Award for the Trans Pecos Ecoregion.
The award recognizes Cemex, the El Carmen Land & Conservation Co. LLC (ECLCC), and Josiah Austin, part owner of the ECLCC, for their dedication to excellence in wildlife and natural-resource management through work in Texas at the El Carmen Nature Reserve, a private trans-boundary conservation area in the Big Bend region that comprises five different ecosystems and is home to a myriad of plants, birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians.
Scott Ducoff, Cemex USA’s regional president-Texas Region, accepted the award at a ceremony in Austin, Texas.
“Cemex wants to ensure we preserve the unique landscape at El Carmen, and we strive for sustainability in everything we do,” Ducoff said. “We are constantly committed to conserving the land so species that rely on it can do so for decades to come.”
El Carmen stretches from Texas into Mexico and is the result of conservation agreements between Cemex and adjoining landowners on both sides of the border. The award from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department recognizes the continuing efforts to restore lands and native wildlife in the U.S. portion of El Carmen along with the commitment to protect the vital wildlife corridor and bird migration route between two countries.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has honored those who show dedicated stewardship of land for more than two decades with the awards.