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April is National Volunteer Month and while some folks like a chance to get away from work and take it easy, one group of people who are already retired, well, they’d rather work on their vacation and for nothing more than to help out a state park. Texas Parks and Wildlife takes a look back at some of the first volunteers on their state park vacation. More than half a million hours of volunteer labor contributed to state parks in Texas in one year. That’s a contribution of over $6-million dollars in labor. Both the American Hiking Society and the Sierra Club sponsor “Volunteer Vacations” across the country. For more information on volunteering in a Texas State Park, visit www.tpwd.state.tx.us or check the state park nearest you.
In a multi-year effort to boost mule deer populations in parts of Far West Texas, biologists are capturing and relocating female deer, or does, to help replenish herds after the drought of the 1990s. Texas Parks and Wildlife has this report. For more information on mule deer or other big game wildlife, visit http://www.facebook.com/TXBigGameProgram
What would you do in the largest swimming pool in the world? How about put a helicopter in it…while you are in it! That’s just what some Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Wardens did at a recent survival training at NASA Space Center, near Houston. The Helicopter Underwater Egress Training or HUET is part of NASA’s training for astronauts as well as the Coast Guard and other personnel involved in work over water. Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Wardens recently purchased a new helicopter and have a Search and Rescue team which can benefit from the training.
She’ll no longer have to worry about keeping “her” head above water. Mother Neff State Park, named after Governor Pat Neff’s mother, Isabella, recently reopened to the public after moving its headquarters to higher ground and adding a state of the art visitor’s center. Since 1937, the 400 - acre state park located along the Leon River suffered repeated floodings and closures. Now, one of Texas’ first state parks should stand for generations to come. Texas Parks and Wildlife has this report.For more information on Mother Neff or any state park in Texas, visit www.texasstateparks.org
Los parques de Texas tienen algunos de los mejores senderos para bicicletas en el estado. Desde caminos de piedra para familias ha los senderos de montaña para aventureros, ofrecen algo para todos los gustos. Vamos ha hechar un vistazo a los senderos del parque estatal del Lago Ray Roberts, cerca de Dallas.
Texas State Parks offer some of the best biking in the state, no matter your skill level. From paved park roads ideal for families, to adventure seekers looking to mountain-bike hundreds of miles of trails, Texas State Parks has something for everyone. Here's a look at the trails offered at Ray Roberts Lake State Park. Texas Parks and Wildlife reminds all riders to wear a helmut, bring a map and carry water, snacks and a repair kit. For more information on where to bike in Texas, go to www.texasstateparks.org/biking
New Helicopter Strengthens Texas Game Wardens AUSTIN, Texas - December 22, 2014 — The Texas Game Warden’s unveiled its new Airbus AS350B3e helicopter that will enhance the department’s statewide law enforcement apparatus and assist with its search and rescue and disaster response efforts. The aircraft is outfitted with the latest law enforcement technology and emergency response equipment including a rescue hoist, thermal imager, searchlight, public address system, satellite communication and night vision. Funding for the new aircraft, which was approximately $5 million, was made possible through legislative appropriation during the 83rd Texas Legislative session. “This helicopter is going to be a tremendous asset and force multiplier for the Texas Game Wardens,” said Col. Craig Hunter, TPWD Law Enforcement Director. “We will not only be able to more efficiently move personnel and equipment across the state, but with the addition of the new hoist system, we will be able to better leverage our marine and ground assets to enhance our search and rescue capabilities during times of disaster.” Among the new aircrafts advantages are its ability to carry additional game wardens including its K9 teams during remote search and rescue missions or other specially trained personnel for specific assignments. In addition to the new helicopter, the department also has a fixed wing 2009 Turbo Cessna Model 206 aircraft. http://tpwd.texas.gov/newsmedia/releases/?req=20141223a
Con el Ano Nuevo vienen las nuevas resoluciones y uno que está creciendo es el movimiento nacional de practicar una caminata el primer día del año. El año pasado más de quinientos senderistas caminaron seis mil millas en más que cincuenta y nueve parques estatales por todo Texas. El Departamento de Parques y Vida Silvestre tiene este reportaje sobre el senderismo.
When the weather turns cold for long periods of time, biologists and game wardens prepare for freezing water temperatures to affect wildlife along the coast. In 2011, more than 800 green sea turtles were rescued during one of the longest cold spells in decades in South Texas. The good news is that the large number means that more of the federal and state protected turtles are making their home in Texas bays. Texas Parks and Wildlife has this report. If you see a cold-stunned turtle floating in the water or lying on the shore, it may appear dead but chances are it is not. Experts say you should cover it with a towel and report it to the Sea Turtle Stranding & Salvage Network at 361-949-8173, ext. 226 or page the Animal Rehabilitation Keep at 361-224-0814.
In the world of stamp collections, artifacts or all things old, there’s a place that surely has some of it all. Texas Parks and Wildlife has this report on a small East Texas town that values history and preservation as proof in its latest collection that is lets say, “eggsotic.” For more information on the Mt. Vernon Fire Station Museum which hosts both the bird egg display and the Don Meredith exhibit, visit the Franklin County Historical Association website or call 903-537-4760. Birding and wildlife trail maps information is on the Texas Parks and Wildlife website at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/wildlifetrails
A 155-foot freighter was sunk in the Gulf of Mexico as part of Texas Parks and Wildlife’s artificial reef program. The program is designed to turn oil rigs, retired ships and other hard substances into reef habitat for fish. The Kinta S is the largest ship to be reefed since the 473-foot Texas Clipper was sunk 17 miles off South Padre Island in 2006. For more information check the Texas Parks and Wildlife website at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us Special thanks to SEA and University of Texas at Austin Marine Science Institute for providing video footage of the Kinta S.
As fall comes to Texas, more than one million hunters are gearing up for another season, which will bring more than three-billion dollars into the state’s economy. But just how is this year’s season shaping up for sportsmen and women now that we’ve seen a little rain? Texas Parks and Wildlife has this report. A new app is now available that allows hunters to carry the Outdoor Annual with them on their mobile devices. You can download at http://www.txoutdoorannual.com/app Texas Parks and Wildlife reminds hunters they need game bird conservation stamps to hunt dove, waterfowl, turkey and quail and to check the local regulations where they will be hunting.
The hunting season is here and there’s a way hunters can win the chance of a lifetime all while helping wildlife conservation and public hunting programs. Texas Parks and Wildlife has the story of one lucky winner from San Antonio.For more information on Big Time Texas Hunts, check the Texas Parks and Wildlife website at tpwd.texas.gov/bigtimehunts or call 1-800-895-4248. Entries can be bought for $10 each at retailers that sell hunting licenses or by phone. On-line entries are only $9.
September marks the opening of dove season bringing more than $300 million dollars to the state’s economy. Biologists say dove numbers have increased over last year which is good news for both veteran hunters and those who are new to the sport. A new app is now available that allows hunters to carry the Outdoor Annual with them on their mobile devices. You can download at http://www.txoutdoorannual.com/app Texas Parks and Wildlife reminds hunters they need game bird conservation stamps to hunt dove, waterfowl, turkey and quail and to check the local regulations where they will be hunting.
Beautiful But Gone: Parents Share Stories of Teen Water Accidents -Texas Parks & Wildlife [Official]
As one of the busiest boating weekends approaches, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is sending out a reminder to be safe on the water. On the heels of a recently released you-tube video called “Never Happens” featuring teenagers involved in a boating or swimming accident, a new video called “Beautiful But Gone” hears from the parents of those same teenagers. The video is a compelling reminder to be safe on the water by wearing a life jacket, learning to swim and closely supervising children around water. The Texas legislature mandated the new video and directed it to be shown in Driver’s Education classes where it could reach 225,000 teens annually. The 10-minute version, “Beautiful But Gone” can be seen on you-tube at http://youtu.be/RsAKt5jcDKI Or go to the Texas Parks and Wildlife webpage at http://www.tpwd.texas.gov and click on Boating and Safety.
A coalition of partners has raised nearly $38 million dollars to purchase 17,000+ acres of one of the largest remaining unspoiled tracts of coastal prairie in the state. The Powderhorn Ranch in Calhoun County is expected to become a future state park and wildlife management area for the people of Texas. For details, see http://tpwd.texas.gov/newsmedia/releases/?req=20140821a. For more information about the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation, visit http://www.tpwf.org/
Botanist Jason Singhurst knows a lot about Texas plants.He's responsible for creating and updating the rare plant community list for the Texas Conservation Action Plan. He also co-authored "Rare Plants of Texas," a significant contribution to the Texas botanical literature. To learn more about this plan, visit https://tpwd.texas.gov/landwater/land/tcap/
After nearly a decade, Sea Rim State Park near Port Arthur is back on its feet with a new boardwalk , showers, campsites and even a six-person cabin for visitors. Hurricanes Rita and Ike nearly leveled the park and fried its electrical system. Now the park has been reborn with plenty of summer left for family getaways. Texas Parks and Wildlife has this report. The second phase of the park's master plan includes a permanent headquarters, restrooms near the camping loop and elevated tent platforms overlooking the gulf. For more information go to http://tpwd.texas.gov
More than 50 young people from across the state recently took part in what organizers are calling the world's largest youth deer hunt. The sixth annual Super Hunt is a way for neighboring ranchers to manage their wildlife populations while providing many urban kids their first experience with nature and the outdoors. Texas Parks and Wildlife has this report.Each of the youth participating in the Super Hunt were required to pass a hunter education and firearm safety course through Texas Parks and Wildlife. For more information on youth hunts, visit the Texas Youth Hunting Program website at www.tyhp.org
It's one of the fastest growing segments of outdoor recreation in the state. And now, finding a place to put in or take out a kayak or canoe is a lot easier since Texas Parks and Wildlife has added several new paddling trails so folks can stay cool this summer and see nature up close. Paddling is Texas Parks and Wildlife's Outdoor Activity of the Month for July. With 60 paddling trails now in the state, Texas Parks and Wildlife has named "paddling" the outdoor activity of the month for July. For more information on where to paddle and rent boats, check the internet at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/parks/things-to-do/boat-rentals-at-state-parks
Tragic but true stories told by teenagers who witnessed or survived a boating accident is the point of a YouTube video released by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The video is a compelling reminder to be safe on the water by wearing a life jacket, learning to swim and supervising children to prevent drowning. The Texas legislature mandated the new video and directed it to be shown in Driver's Education classes to reach 225,000 15- and 16-year-olds annually. View the complete video at http://youtu.be/-qZJXEPh6PA For information on boating safety, boaters education and how to choose the right life jacket, visit http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/fishboat/boat/safety/
Zebra mussels are having a devastating effect on the state's natural resources. They negatively impact native fish and mussels and foul beaches with their sharp shells. They wreak havoc for boaters by damaging boat hulls and reducing the performance of boating equipment. Zebra mussels can clog water intakes, costing taxpayers millions of dollars. Zebra mussels have already invaded Lake Texoma, and could take over all freshwater sources in Texas. Do your part to save our lakes -- clean, drain and dry your boat every time you leave a lake. Learn more at http://texasinvasives.org
A new Texas rule, just passed by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission, expands boat draining rules from 47 counties to statewide. The rule will go into effect in July and requires boats and other vessels operating on all public lakes, rivers and creeks to be completely drained to help combat the further spread of zebra mussels. Zebra mussels are a destructive invasive species that can damage motor boats, hurt aquatic life, hinder water recreation and even affect our water supply by clogging water intake systems. Texas Parks and Wildlife has this report. The new statewide rule applies to all types and sizes of boats whether powered or not, It includes personal watercraft, sailboats, kayaks, canoes, or any other vessel used on public waters. For more information on Zebra Mussels or other invasive species, go www.texasinvasives.org/zebramussels
If you're looking for a unique Mother's Day experience, consider an outing to a Texas state park. State parks across Texas are encouraging families to visit this weekend. According to one group of moms, it's a great way to bond with your kids. You can find a nearby park on the Texas Parks and Wildlife website www.TexasStateParks.org
They've been here for 300-million years, but you can't find them just anywhere. Paddlefish are being stocked in one of the most timeless lakes in Texas -- Caddo Lake. Implanted with radio transmitters, Texas Parks and Wildlife biologists will monitor this pre-historic species to see if water flows in the lake are suitable for its reintroduction. Special project partners are planning a Paddelfish festival in the East Texas town, Jefferson, May 8-9. For more information, go to http://www.CaddoLakeInstitute.us
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