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April 26, 2022

DeWitt County Game Warden Honored as Texas Wildlife Officer of the Year

VICTORIA- Texas Game Warden Trey Kram’s dedication to educating his community, engaging local organizations and pursuing poaching investigations has set a high standard among his peers and throughout the state. This month the National Wild Turkey Federation recognized Warden Kram as the Texas Wildlife Officer of the Year.

April 21, 2022

TPWD Celebrates Texas Master Naturalists during National Volunteer Week

AUSTIN – As part of National Volunteer Week, April 17 -23, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) along with its partner, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, is proud to celebrate Texas Master Naturalists and their work educating Texans about conserving our state’s natural resources.

March 22, 2022

Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center Hosts “Fishing Fools Day

ATHENS – The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (TFFC) is the perfect place to kick off the month of April with “Fishing Fools Day,” an event celebrating all things fishing. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 2 at the TFFC in Athens.

16th Annual Texas-National Archery Championship Draws a Record Number of Student Competitors to Belton

AUSTIN – In the 16th year offering a state tournament opportunity for Texas schools participating in the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP®), a record 3,100 students from 148 schools will meet March 22-23 at the Bell County Expo Center in Belton. Students will have a chance to contend for awards and qualify for the NASP® National Tournament in Louisville, Kentucky.

March 3, 2022

Texas State Parks Ambassador Program Accepting Applications for New Panhandle and North Texas Cohort

AUSTIN – The Texas State Parks Ambassador Program is accepting applications for the newest class of Ambassadors in Panhandle and North Texas State Parks. Applications are due March 30.

March 1, 2022

CO-OP Program Awards More Than $2 Million in Grants to Texas Communities

AUSTIN – Communities in Texas will have more opportunities to explore their natural surroundings thanks to grants awarded through the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Community Outdoor Outreach Program (CO-OP). These 41 grant partnerships, totaling $2,048,678, will support community-based conservation and outdoor recreation activities throughout the state and build on $22 million already awarded by TPWD over the past 25 years.

TPWD Works Alongside TDCJ to Facilitate Safe Movement of Large Bat Colony

HUNTSVILLE – To address concerns about the welfare of a large colony of free-tailed bats in a warehouse operated by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ), the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is working alongside TDCJ staff to develop a safe, slow, and progressive movement (exclusion) of the bats from the building. The exclusion effort will help to minimize potential human-bat conflict.

Feb. 28, 2022

TPWD Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Texas Hunter Education

AUSTIN – This week, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Hunter Education. The first course in Texas was held on Feb. 28, 1972. Since then, over 1.5 million students have completed Texas Hunter Education throughout the state.

Bird Conservation, Education, and Outreach Considered a Badge of Honor

AUSTIN – Audubon Texas and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), partners in the Bird City Texas initiative, are proud to announce that the City of Dripping Springs has received certification recognizing their efforts to ensure birds, wildlife, and people thrive in their communities. Dripping Springs exhibited leadership in 3 categories: Community Engagement, Habitat Protection, and Threat Reduction. The 3-year Bird City Texas certification for the community lasts through 2024.

Feb. 25, 2022

Convenient Family Fishing Education Opportunities Offered for Texans this Spring

ATHENS – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens has partnered with Fishing’s Future and the George H.W. Bush Vamos A Pescar Education Fund to provide convenient fishing education opportunities for families throughout Texas.