A passion for parks: This Texas family loves the outdoors and knows how to write about it

Few Texas families have done as much for the state’s natural legacy as the Bristols of Austin and Fort Worth.

For instance, Valarie Bristol, former Travis County commissioner and avid birder, led the charge to preserve the Balcones Canyonlands and other crucial natural habitats in Central Texas. With her daughter, Jennifer, she is finishing up a book on the women who have led the state’s conservation movement.

George Bristol, Valarie’s former husband, a political insider and onetime National Parks Foundation Board member, is credited with pushing through the 2019 state constitutional amendment that permanently set aside the sales tax on sporting goods to fund state parks and historic sites. Among other books about parks advocacy, he wrote “Texas State Parks: The First 100 Years, 1923-2023.”

To see the full article please visit – Austin American Statesman

Thank you to Michael Barnes for the interview and article featuring both my dad and me. This article was very timely in that it came out on election day, Nov 7, 2023- the day the citizens of Texas got to vote for a $1 billion fund to purchase new state parks.

Jennifer Bristol- Featured at the Texas Book Festival 2023