About the Author...

      Markham A. "Skipper" Dickson Jr. of Shreveport, Louisiana, helped establish the 70,000-acre Tensas National Wildlife Refuge in 1980 and served as founding chairman of The Nature Conservancy of Louisiana.
      Numerous conservationist awards honor his work with the Red River Wetlands Coalition, Tensas Conservancy Coalition, Keep Kisatchie Coalition, Ducks Unlimited, and the Louisiana Wildlife Federation.
      Dickson is president and chief executive officer of Morris & Dickson Co. LLC, a family business founded in 1841, and Sports South LLC, a company he founded in 1970.
      Dickson earned an undergraduate degree in environmental biology from Colorado College and a master's in business administration from the University of Texas, and continued his graduate studies through Harvard Business School.  He and his wife, Cindy, are the parents of Wendy, Tripper, and Whitney Dickson.