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May 19, 2008

Party Boat Operator Licensing and Inspection Reg Goes Into Effect June 1

AUSTIN, Texas — A regulation requiring inland party boat operators to be licensed and their vessels inspected goes into effect June 1. A party boat operator license is required of operators of charter vessels more than 30 feet long and carrying more than six passengers on inland waters.

Free Web Service Connects Hunters With Places To Hunt

AUSTIN, Texas — Research surveys show that finding a place to hunt is a barrier for many people in today’s Texas, which is why Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has created the Hunt Texas Online Connection, a new, free Web service that allows anyone to view hunting opportunities posted by private landowners across the state.

Boaters Reminded ‘Nobody’s Waterproof — Play it Safe!’

AUSTIN, Texas — While boating fatalities dropped nationwide in 2007, they climbed in Texas — despite one of the wettest summers on record that closed many lakes and reservoirs for a portion of the boating season.

Fun Family Events Highlight Free Fishing Day June 7

AUSTIN, Texas — A "Free Sportfishing Day" will highlight National Fishing and Boating Week, allowing anglers to fish any public waters in Texas without a fishing license on Saturday, June 7.

Texas Youth Target Shooting Gala Event Set June 21

DALLAS — Young target shooters from across Texas and their families are invited to spend a day of fun and competitive target shooting during the first annual Texas Youth Invitational June 21 at the Elm Fork Shooting Sports complex.

Small Acreage Land Management Workshop Offered June 7 in Alpine

ALPINE, Texas — For more than a century, rural Texas land has been owned mainly by farm and ranch families who lived there. In recent decades, the countryside has been fragmented into smaller tracts owned increasingly by former urban dwellers or absentee owners seeking closeness to the remaining pastoral lands of Texas. A workshop to be held June 7 will help West Texas landowners learn more about managing for wildlife habitat on smaller properties between two and 2,000 acres.

May 12, 2008

Lone Star Land Steward Regional Winners Announced

AUSTIN, Texas — A legendary South Texas icon, the King Ranch, and a uniquely maintained urban golf course are among the prestigious lineup of recipients of this year’s Lone Star Land Steward Award winners. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Sand County Foundation are recognizing these model land stewards and others, who have shown exemplary efforts to manage their property as ambassadors of conservation.

Austin Metro Area Water Body Added to Neighborhood Fishing Program

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department Inland Fisheries Division Neighborhood Fishing Program (NFP) is expanding to the Austin metropolitan area with the introduction of Bullfrog Pond in Travis County’s newly opened East Metro Park. The park is located approximately 13 miles east of downtown Austin.

Eisenhower State Park to Celebrate Golden Anniversary

DENISON, Texas — Exhibitions, fly-casting demonstrations, star-gazing, ranger-led hikes and children’s programs will highlight Eisenhower State Park’s 50th birthday celebration on Saturday, May 17.

TPWD Receives Grants for Aquatic Vegetation Control

AUSTIN — The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has received grants totaling more than $425,000 to help combat the spread of nuisance aquatic vegetation in Texas reservoirs.