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May 31, 2004

South Texas Rancher Named Top Land Steward of 2004

AUSTIN, Texas — Rene R. Barrientos took an old, worn out 8,000-acre ranch along the Nueces River in LaSalle County that was suffering from overgrazing and extensive farming and in less than 10 years converted it into a conservation showplace. For his efforts on the La Golondrina Ranch, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department named Barrientos the state’s top Lone Star Land Steward for 2004.

TPWD Proposes Increasing Civil Restitution Values

AUSTIN, Texas — For the first time since 1985 for most wildlife species, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is proposing increasing civil restitution values that violators are assessed when they illegally kill wildlife.

May 24, 2004

Co-op Grants Funded Across Texas

AUSTIN, Texas — High school students developing a computer mapping system to help four state parks with search-and-rescue is one example of 14 projects across the state recently awarded grant funding through the Community Outdoor Outreach Program of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

Free Family Fishing Continues in Texas With Special Events in State Parks June 5

AUSTIN, Texas — Today’s tech-savvy kids may know how to tie up the line between cell phones and Instant Messenger, but can they cast a line? A fishing line, that is.

Aquatic Life on the Line With Monofilament Recycling

AUSTIN, Texas — Snagging that monofilament fishing line on the submerged tire or seaweed is annoying at the very least, but it can also be deadly to the birds and aquatic animals that might get entangled in the line. A new recycling program aims to help clean up Texas shores of unsightly fishing line snarls and everyone can help.

Nature Photography Exhibit, Digital Photo Workshop Featured at TFFC

ATHENS, Texas — The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center will host a traveling photo exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. from June 5 through July 20.

May 17, 2004

Outstanding Landowners Recognized for Stewardship

AUSTIN, Texas — These days, few private landowners can afford to focus their operations on one thing, such as cattle ranching, agricultural crops or even hunting. To be successful requires a combination of management practices. But in spite of the challenges, many owners of rural land continue to safeguard the wildlife, fields, forests and waters of Texas, even though many urban residents may not know it.

Official State Fishing Map Is First for Texas

ATHENS, Texas — A new official Texas freshwater fishing map available May 24 will promote family fishing and benefit the construction fund for a new education building at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens.

Framers Raise New Building at Freshwater Fisheries Center

ATHENS, Texas — The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center has a new fly fishing pavilion thanks to the efforts of the Timber Framers Guild of Becket, Massachusetts.

May 10, 2004

Kids To Ride Free This Summer at Texas State Railroad

RUSK, Texas — Parents looking to offset higher gasoline prices expected at the pump during summer vacation months and rising entertainment costs should consider taking their youngsters to ride the Texas State Railroad through the Piney Woods.