AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- A new nonprofit foundation is joining the fight to protect Texas fish and wildlife for future generations. A group of prominent Texans have created the Texas Foundation for Conservation, dedicated to ensuring the people of Texas will always have abundant and healthy fish and wildlife to enjoy. The foundation launched with an event in Austin on Monday, Nov. 14 called "Ensuring the Wild Conservation Summit." Attended by approximately 100 conservationists and community leaders from across Texas, topics of discussion included impending threats to native fish and wildlife, the role of the private landowner and the agricultural community in conservation, history of the North American Model for Wildlife Conservation, and the public trust doctrine. "Those who love Texas fish and wildlife are increasingly concerned about the threat of privatization," said Dr. Fred Bryant, director of the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute at Texas A&M University-Kingsville and president of Texas Foundation for Conservation. "Native fish and wildlife are no different than our beaches and waterways—they belong to all Texans. We strongly believe our wild natural resources belong to the people of Texas, and we're committed to engaging Texans in efforts to ensure that the fish and wildlife we all treasure will be around for our kids and grandkids." Privatization occurs when ownership of a public resource is transferred to a private individual or corporation. Potential negative consequences of privatization include unrestricted harvest without regard to natural life cycles of fish and wildlife resources, spread of disease, conflicts between neighboring landowners, inconsistent or non-existent regulatory frameworks, genetic manipulations of species, failure to conserve resources for future generations, and consumption of the resource for short-term gain, rather than long-term management.