D. Lynn Drawe, retired Director of the Welder Wildlife Foundation, is a fifth generation Texan; his ancestor, Ludwig Drawe, settled in Fayette County, Texas following arrival from Berlebek, Detmold, Germany on the ship Neptune at Galveston in 1846.  Lynn’s father, Dale Drawe, moved to South Texas in 1922, and ranched throughout the region as well as in the San Luis Valley of Colorado. 
            During a long and distinguished career as a plant ecologist, Lynn published 66 articles in professional journals, nine in popular magazines, and 32 in symposia.  He edited two symposium volumes and presented 60 papers at professional meetings. 
            He has consulted on range and wildlife habitat management for numerous ranches from Laredo to the Rio Grande Valley to the Coastal Bend, including King Ranch, Kenedy Foundation Ranch, and Rockefeller Ranch.   
            He is active in several professional organizations including the Texas Chapter of The Wildlife Society and the Texas Section of the Society for Range Management, receiving the honor of  Honorary Lifetime Membership status in both organizations. 
            He has served on a number of regional, state, and local advisory boards, and currently serves as Past Chairman in of the Texas Prescribed Burning Board, associated with the certified prescribed burning program for Texas.  He also serves as a director of both the Coastal Bend Prescribed Burn Association and the Texas Coalition of Prescribed Burn Associations.  He is a past member of the advisory council of the King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management at Texas A&M University, Kingsville, and an advisory board member of the East Wildlife Foundation. 
            Lynn has received numerous local and statewide awards for work in rangeland and wildlife management and natural resources conservation including Outstanding Alumnus, Texas Tech University, Department of Range and Wildlife Management, Professional Achievement Award, College of Natural Resources, Utah State University, and Outstanding Alumnus, Texas A&M University, Kingsville.  In 2009 he received the Corpus Christi Rotary Club‘s Professional Conservationist of the Year Award, and in 2007, he was inducted into the Texas A&M University Kingsville College of Agriculture Hall of Honor.
            Most importantly for visitors new to South Texas who want to learn something about its natural history, Lynn is a leading authority on the plant life of the region, having authored or co-authored eight books on the subject, as well as having taught and lectured extensively on South Texas plant ecology for more than 40 years. His most recent book “Grasses of South Texas” recently received a special award from the Texas Section, Society for Range Management.