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[ Media Contact: TPWD News, news@tpwd.texas.gov, 512-389-8030 ]
[ Additional Contacts: Luis Padilla, TPWD, (512) 389-8569 or luis.padilla@tpwd.texas.gov ]
May 6, 2014
Treehouse Ranch to Host 'Buffalo Soldiers Day' on May 24
HOUSTON - Experience frontier-era baseball and learn about the history of black soldiers who helped protect settlers on the nation's westward expansion in the late 1800s at Buffalo Soldiers Day on Saturday, May 24, at Treehouse Ranch in southeast Houston.
Families and youth are invited to join in the outdoor event being hosted through the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's Buffalo Soldier program, in cooperation with the National Buffalo Soldiers Museum, 9th and 10th Horse Cavalry Association and Galveston Bay Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club. Food will be available for purchase, but all other activities are free.
"You will be able to participate in archery, frontier baseball, orienteering and geocaching as part of the day's activities," says Luis Padilla, TPWD's Buffalo Soldiers program coordinator. "Participants also will have a chance to see a horse and saddle station, fish with the buffalo soldiers, practice animal tracking and more."
The event is part of a "Blazing New Trails" program offered through the Buffalo Soldiers program to teach and encourage outdoor skills through heritage interpretation.
"We teach outdoor skills while making connections to history and the outdoors," Padilla explains. "Our goal is not only to share history, but also to share Our Story."
Buffalo soldiers, so-called by Indians because the black soldiers' hair reminded them of bison, were former slaves and freedmen who comprised the 9th and 10th Cavalry and 24th and 25th Infantry Regiments formed in 1867 after the Civil War. Buffalo soldiers, reputed to be fierce and skilled fighters, served at frontier military posts from Texas to the Dakota territories.
Buffalo Soldiers Day, as well as other outreach programs, are being offered throughout Houston this spring. Those interested in more information, are encouraged to visit www.texasstateparks.org/buffalosoldiers to learn more and find out about upcoming Buffalo Soldiers events. Volunteer opportunities also exist. Learn more, by visiting TPWD's Texas Buffalo Soldier website.
For information about Buffalo Soldiers Day, call (512) 389-8569. Treehouse Ranch is located at 10740 Mykawa Road in southeast Houston.

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[ Media Contact: TPWD News, news@tpwd.texas.gov, 512-389-8030 ]
[ Additional Contacts: Kris Bodine, (830) 866-3356, ext. 213; kris.bodine@tpwd.texas.gov ]
May 6, 2014
TPWD Seeking Information from Hand-fishing Anglers
ATHENS--Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is seeking additional information to learn more about the practice of hand fishing for catfish in the state. Also known as noodling or grabbling, hand fishing was legalized in Texas in 2011.
"Because it is so new to our state, we are hoping to identify who hand-fishing anglers are and what their needs may be," said Kris Bodine, a TPWD fisheries research biologist. "TPWD will be conducting a survey over the next 60 days to better understand the needs, opinions and characteristics of hand-fishing anglers in Texas."
The survey should take five to 10 minutes to complete online at https://survey.tpwd.texas.gov/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=8803304. Anglers may complete the survey any time between now and June 30.
The survey is voluntary, and no one has to answer any question they do not wish to answer. Responses to the survey will remain confidential.
Purpose of the survey is to improve catfish populations across the state as well as to ensure that the needs and opinions of hand-fishing anglers are included in future management plans.