The commission unanimously passed a resolution to rename the Slaughter Creek Management Unit on Wednesday night. The unit is composed of the Baker, Hafif and Hielscher tracts, totaling acres in Southwest Austin. According to Kevin Thuesen, the Environmental Conservation program manager at Austin Water, Maxwell was a steward and an advocate of the community and the environment. He also mentioned that much of the work she fulfilled is still in use today, like the Land Steward Program on the protection lands and the Guided Hikes program on various units.
Austin Environmentalist Mary Gay Maxwell Remembered, Honored For Her Work
Austin and the Austin environmental community lost a beloved leader and friend yesterday when long-time Austin Environmental Commission Chair Dr. Mary Gay Maxwell died in a tragic auto accident in Smithville. Maxwell was travelling from visiting family in Houston to a civic gathering in Austin. In the late s Dr. In , during a time of difficulty, Dr.
According to Department of Public Safety Trooper Robbie Barrera, Maxwell died Wednesday afternoon after being involved in a head-on collision outside of Smithville after her car crossed over the median on Highway After the election system and the name of the board changed, Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo reappointed her last year to represent District 9. Maxwell became chair of the board in and continued in that position until her death. Barbara Rush and Linda Guerrero, friends who worked with Maxwell on environmental issues, sent out a statement Thursday to members of the community. For decades she has been a champion for protection of the environment and preservation of Austin neighborhoods.