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Dec. 21, 2007

TPWD’s Top 10 Texas Conservation News Stories of 2007

EDITORS NOTE: In this issue of TPWD News, we forsake our usual format for the most part and provide a summary of the top news stories of 2007. Details about these topics can be found in the department’s online news archive. Please note that TPWD will not be distributing weekly news during the coming holidays. Weekly news distribution will resume on Jan. 14, 2008. Happy Holidays!

Ray Roberts Lake State Park’s Lantana Lodge Has New Concessionaire

PILOT POINT, Texas — An international resort company that owns Dallas’ famed Southfork Ranch was the highest bidder last week at an auction to take over of Ray Roberts Lake State Park’s Lantana Lodge. The previous concessionaire at the park, Nature Leisure Times, LLC, had been in bankruptcy for more than a year.

Dec. 19, 2007

Deer Poaching Probe Leads To 247 Charges Against 20 People

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas game wardens this month concluded an investigation into an illegal deer hunting ring in Southeast Texas, filing 247 criminal charges against 20 offenders.

Game Warden Field Notes, Dec. 19, 2007

The following are excerpts from recent Texas Parks and Wildlife Department law enforcement reports.

Dec. 18, 2007

Public Input Meetings Set On Coastal Fishing Regulations

AUSTIN, Texas — State fisheries biologists have set a January series of public input meetings in Port Arthur, Dickinson, Port Aransas and Port Isabel to discuss possible changes to the way fishing and fisheries are regulated along the Texas coast.

Dec. 5, 2007

Carter Smith Named TPWD Executive Director

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Carter Smith was named executive director of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department on Dec. 5 at a special meeting of the TPW Commission in San Antonio.  Smith will be leaving the helm at The Nature Conservancy of Texas to take the top job at TPWD.

Dec. 3, 2007

Annual Winter Trout Stocking Begins Nov. 29

AUSTIN, Texas — For an inexpensive, entry-level fishing experience the entire family can enjoy, it doesn’t get much easier than winter rainbow trout fishing in Texas.

Give a Gift of the Great Outdoors This Holiday Season

AUSTIN, Texas — Give a gift of the outdoors this holiday season to that favorite someone on your shopping list and you’ll get a present as well under a special Texas Parks and Wildlife Department promotion.

Texas State Parks Celebrate The Holiday Season

AUSTIN, Texas — For those who prefer Texas history, colorful traditions and the occasional outdoor setting for holiday festivities, Texas state parks are offering a variety of special events and opportunities for the public during the 2007 holiday season.

Master Naturalist Program Seeks Applicants

AUSTIN, Texas — Twenty-two chapters of the Texas Master Naturalist program are conducting spring training classes for volunteers wanting to learn about natural resource and conservation management.