Environment • Steve Manning

Once he locked horns with regulators; now he saves endangered birds.

The bowlegged gait, flat twangy drawl, pressed Wranglers with a hubcap-size belt buckle hardly fit the stereotype of a tree-hugger, but listen to Steve Manning tell a small gathering at Andy’s Cafe in Gatesville—including two state legislators, one congressional aide, an employee of the Blackland Research Center, representatives of the Texas Farm Bureau, and a biologist from the Nature Conservancy of Texas—that “we’ve got a chance here, a chance to save an endangered species,” and you start wondering if he bleeds green. It wasn’t always that way. Four years ago Manning and his fellow members of the Central Texas Cattleman’s Association ( CTCA), an organization representing the 83 families who once owned the 200,000 acres where Fort Hood is located and who run 3,500 head of cattle on the military reservation, found themselves to be an endangered species, thanks to an

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