Certified Wildlife Biologist & Certified Professional in Rangeland Management. He has 27 years with the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department as a Wildlife Biologist. Now retired, he created Habitat Advantage, LLC & is co-owner of Wildlife Consulting,LLC. Past president of the Texas Chapter of the Wildlife Society, executive board member of the Texas Wildlife Association, on the White-tailed Deer committee, & member of the Texas Section Society Range Management. Authored & co-authored various publications about wildlife throughout his career. Ruben’s presentation will cover Public Ownership—N. American Model of Conservation—Public Stewardship; the Brewing of a Perfect Storm. Texas is 97% privately owned, but – according to Ruben – have some of the healthiest wildlife habitat & deer herds in the country. How’d they do that? Ruben claims it’s because Texas focuses their attention on those that are responsible for where deer live – landowners. “We know that there is no better steward of the land, the habitat, and the wildlife resources than those who have an economic interest in that private property. Together with private landowners on private lands, we can and we are achieving successes in managing the publicly owned wildlife resource.” New York State isn’t Texas, but perhaps there is something to take away.