Jaxon Welchman, 
Director of Community Relations—Hill Country

Tell Us About Yourself!

My name is Jaxon Welchman, and I am from Boerne, Texas. I have lived in the hill country most of my life, and have  spent much of my time fly fishing, hiking, and finding the best cliff jumping spots around! After high school I attended Texas A&M University (Class of 2019... Whoop!). From there I went on to pursue a law degree, and I am currently in my third year of law school at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio (Class of 2022). My goal is to practice water/environmental law upon graduation, specifically with a focus on water rights and water conservation. Some of my hobbies include swimming, water polo, distance triathlons, cycling, fly fishing, photography, and surfing.

What part of tuejc's mission statement really speaks to you?

What really speaks to me is the conservation aspect of the TUEJC’s mission. I have spent my time exploring the rivers and hills of the Hill Country, surfing all along the Coastal Bend, and hiking the mountains of the Chisos. In my lifetime, I have personally seen environmental change all across Texas. So, with the help and support of an amazing team at the TUEJC, I hope to facilitate change to protect and conserve the beautiful places we all know and love. 

What is your favorite tip to live a more sustainable life?

My favorite tip to a more sustainable life is not trying to do everything at once. Living a sustainable life starts with baby steps. Start using reusable grocery bags, use a reusable water bottle, try to conserve water when brushing your teeth or doing the dishes. Start small, make those things a habit. Then move your way up to larger sustainable practices like composting, getting solar panels installed, or only riding your bike to work. It’s more productive and effective for a large group of the population to live sustainable in simple ways, than a few individuals living 100% sustainable. If you’re feeling overwhelmed about living sustainable, remember to start small and work your way up to a sustainable future. 

What part of Texas do you must enjoy being at? 

My favorite part of Texas is definitely South Padre Island and the Big Bend area. I am an avid surfer, so there is nothing better than scoring perfect crystal blue surf in SPI. You can travel all over the world and surf, but there is something magical about catching SPI on a perfect day. In addition, I have a deep love for the Chisos Mountains in Big Bend National Park. From hiking the Chisos and surrounding desert landscape, to hot springs, ghost towns, or just crossing the border for a beer... Big Bend truly is a magical place. It is definitely a place that has a lot of special memories to me, and a place I can disconnect and feel the beauty and power of nature.