Dr. James Fuller- The Tree Planter
Meet Dr. James Fuller, Member of the San Antonio River Foundation’s Board of Directors. Dr. Fuller represents Goliad County on the Board and serves as an enthusiastic ambassador between that ecology and recreation rich region and the Foundation’s mission and future ventures. Both his deep involvement in agriculture and keen interest in trees make Dr. Fuller a true advocate for preserving “wild areas” for future generations. His support and ideas further the Foundation’s mission to enhance the San Antonio River Basin as a vibrant cultural, educational, ecological, and recreational experience. The following interview was done when he was selected as the Featured Board Member for July 2017.
Q: How long have you been with the Foundation?
A: I have been on the Foundation Board for two years.
Q: If any, what position do you currently hold?
A: Right now, I’m serving on Strategic Planning and Basin Outreach committees.
Q: Have you had roles in other non-profit organizations?
A: I’ve served for three years on the SARA [San Antonio River Authority] Board, am Chairman of the Goliad Soil and Water Conservation District, and am on the Board of Goliad Canoe Trails.
Q: What is your educational and professional background?
A: I’m a retired cardiothoracic surgeon currently involved in agriculture production in the San Antonio River valley west of Goliad.
Q: What do you believe is the Foundation’s greatest accomplishment?
A: Foundation accomplishments are varied and many, including art installations, Confluence Park, and fundraising to aid Escondido Creek Parkway.
Q: What is your favorite thing about river?
A: My favorite thing about the river is the wild areas with their diversity of plants and wildlife.
Q: Why are you passionate about the San Antonio River Foundation’s mission??
A: The Foundation’s mission is important: to educate and instill love and appreciation of the river and what it offers. This is key to preserving it for generations to come.
Q: What do you hope to see in the future of the Foundation?
A: In the Foundation’s future, I would like to see the creation of an endowment so that the work can go on in perpetuity—in good economic times and those that are not so good.
Q: Do you have any stories about yourself you’d like to share?
A: I am a planter of trees; I gather nuts, acorns, and seeds every fall. I have planted hundreds of trees over many years. I also plant for major milestones: a birth, wedding, graduation, or other major life events. Recently, I have started collecting Japanese Maples and have 25 different varieties.