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[ Media Contact: TPWD News, news@tpwd.texas.gov, 512-389-8030 ]
Jan. 24, 2017
San Jacinto Battleground to Conduct Prescribed Burn
LA PORTE - The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is conducting a prescribed burn Wednesday, Jan. 25, at the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site.
Because specific conditions are required to conduct an effective and safe prescribed burn, TPWD staff will make a final determination on the designated morning whether conditions are favorable to a burn.
Prescribed burns are an important conservation tool used to improve habitat for wildlife by restoring forest and prairie lands within the park historically maintained by natural fires. By limiting the amount of available fuels, prescribed burns reduce the chance for a potentially destructive wildfire to occur.
The San Jacinto Monument and Battleship Texas will remain open to the public, however some areas of the battleground will be closed and traffic may be redirected at times throughout the day.
Local emergency management officials will be notified before the prescribed fire begin, but the public may see smoke in the vicinity of the San Jacinto Battleground or on nearby roads during the burn. Drivers are cautioned to reduce speed and use headlights when smoke is present.
Prescribed burns within state parks are conducted by TPWD staff who have undergone training and met national wildland firefighting certification standards. The park's prescribed fire plan defines the conditions under which a prescribed burn may be conducted and guides fire crew members in managing the burns to prevent them from escaping into adjacent properties and to minimize the effect of smoke beyond the park boundary.
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Jan. 24, 2017
Lake Corpus Christi State Park to Host Kid Fish Event
MATHIS - Park rangers are hosting a free kid fish event for beginner anglers ages 5 to 12 Saturday, Jan. 28, at Lake Corpus Christi State Park.
The program includes six hourly fishing sessions from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., during which time park rangers and volunteers will teach children proper fishing techniques and how to clean and bag their catch.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's Inland Fisheries Division will stock rainbow trout for the fishing event and the first 500 children will be provided with a free fishing rod and reel to use and keep after the event, thanks to the Ed Rachal Foundation and other area donors.
Children can also participate in several other games and activities during the program. Food and drinks will be provided for participants.
Park entry fees will be waived for all program participants. No pre-registration is required, though registration the day of the event begins at 8 a.m. Children must be present to register.
After the event, fishing will be open to the public. No fishing license is required if fishing within the state park.
For more information, visit the TPWD website or call the park at 361-547-2635.
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