Laura W. Bush Speaks at EDD

Former First Lady and Founder, Taking Care of Texas

Posted on March 16, 2012

Former First Lady Laura Bush is actively involved in issues of national and global concern, with a particular emphasis on education, health care, human rights and the preservation of our nation’s heritage. A hiking and outdoors enthusiast, Mrs. Bush encourages Americans to spend time in and care for our National Parks. As Honorary Chair of the National Park Foundation, she visited more than 30 National Parks and Historic Sites throughout the United States and spotlighted the glories and needs of the parks. In 2006, Mrs. Bush announced President Bush’s designation of the largest single area dedicated to conservation in the history of the United States, the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument.


Mrs. Bush continues to encourage Americans to appreciate and protect our country's national treasures and natural wonders. In July of 2011, Mrs. Bush announced the creation of Taking Care of Texas, a statewide initiative to spur conservation efforts that benefit communities, build on the success of others, and inspire all Texans to join in.  President and Mrs. Bush support native prairie restoration efforts and the education of Texans about the importance of conserving our state’s resources. The George W. Bush Presidential Center, under construction in Dallas, will feature a fourteen-acre native prairie landscape.