Mr. Cofer traces his conservation interests back to childhood summers on his family ranch on the Frio River, and to his outdoor experiences as an Eagle Scout. He is the founding CEO of the Hill Country Conservancy. The Conservancy has been active since 1999 in acquiring and protecting land in the central Texas area, including tracts in Travis, Hays, Blanco, Llano, San Saba and Burnet Counties. In 1992, he served as the founding Chair of Earth Share of Texas, which represents 70 environmental non-profits in workplace giving campaigns in the state. As early as 1990, he was active with Save Barton Creek Association, and over the years has also participated in the creation of the 1000-acre Barton Creek Wilderness Park and the Sheffield Environmental Education Center. For his many contributions in the conservation arena, he has been recognized by the Nature Conservancy of Texas, Travis Audubon Society, and the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department.