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May 21, 2015

TPW Commission Renames Portion of Devils River State Natural Area

AUSTIN – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission Thursday authorized the renaming of the Big Satan Unit of the Devils River State Natural Area. The new Dan A. Hughes Unit honors the role of its namesake in helping the state acquire this unique property.

Mustang Island State Park Grows by 690 Acres, Benefits from 100-Acre Adjacent Protected Land

AUSTIN — The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission has approved a 690-acre land acquisition that increases the size of Mustang Island State Park near Corpus Christi to 4,783 acres. In addition, the commission agreed to accept a 100-acre conservation easement donation adjacent to the park.

TPW Commission Adopts Changes to Commercial Shrimp and Oyster Rules

AUSTIN – Commercial bay shrimpers will no longer have to cull small shrimp during the fall season, thanks to regulation changes adopted Thursday by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission.

May 20, 2015

Deepwater Horizon Trustees Invite Public Comment on 10 Proposed Early Restoration Gulf Projects

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees (Trustees) released a draft plan today that proposes 10 early restoration projects across the Gulf states at an estimated cost of $134 million. This includes two proposals involving Texas, a $45 million sea turtle restoration project and a $20 million bird rookery islands restoration project.

May 19, 2015

Funding Grants Now Available for Target Range Construction, Improvements

AUSTIN – Target range and recreational shooting facilities looking to expand or improve their operations, grants are now available through the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to help fund construction and enhancements to shooting or archery ranges.

National Safe Boating Week Highlights Importance of Boating and Water Safety Heading into the Memorial Day Weekend

AUSTIN— Safe Boating Week runs May 16-22 nationally and in Texas as proclaimed by Gov. Greg Abbott and partners across the country are advocating safe and responsible boating as Texans head to the water this weekend.

May 18, 2015

National Fishing Day at TFFC June 6

ATHENS—The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens will kick off National Fishing and Boating Week on June 6 by making a family fishing trip affordable with free admission for kids 12 and under plus free fishing for the whole family.

May 15, 2015

Severe Weather Affects Texas State Parks

AUSTIN— Numerous storms have rolled through much of the state recently, and the volume of much needed rain is having impacts on some state parks.

May 12, 2015

TPWD Temporarily Closes Alligator Gar Fishing in Trinity River Downstream of Dallas

AUSTIN — Due to flooding conditions on the Trinity River, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is temporarily prohibiting fishing for alligator gar in portions of the river between the Highway 31 Bridge near Trinidad and the Highway 7 Bridge near Crockett.

May 8, 2015

Texas Game Wardens Arrest Two Killeen Men in Alligator Death

TEMPLE, Texas – A Texas Game Warden investigation sparked by social media posts on Facebook detailing the killing of an 11-foot alligator has resulted in the arrests of two Killeen men.