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May 24, 2004

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.

Stay Tuned, May 24, 2004

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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.

TPWD Seeks Outside Review of Science Practices

AUSTIN, Texas — This month, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department began a voluntary review of its scientific methods by three separate outside groups. The focus is not the agency’s management or policy decisions, but the science upon which those decisions are based.

Game Warden Memorial Honors Wesley Wagstaff

ATHENS, Texas — The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department recently honored a fallen employee at the game warden memorial here. Game Warden Wesley Wagstaff was killed in a head-on collision while responding to a poaching call in Hardin County Aug. 5, 2003. TPWD added his name to the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center memorial May 12.

Operation Game Thief Fundraiser Set for June 12

HOUSTON — Since 1981, the Texas conservation Crimestoppers program Operation Game Thief has protected fish and wildlife, helping to keep Texas hunting and fishing among the best in the world. Now, those who love the outdoor life have a chance to support the program and have a great time to boot.

Renovated Matagorda Island Lighthouse Shines Again

PORT O’CONNOR, Texas — A Matagorda Island beacon that guided ships along Texas’ mid-coast before the U.S. Civil War is again lighting the way for modern mariners thanks to the recent completion of a $1.23 million overhaul of the state’s oldest operational lighthouse.

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.