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May 26, 2021

Boaters Urged to “Clean, Drain, and Dry” to Stop Invasive Species

AUSTIN – With Memorial Day and summertime temperatures is rapidly approaching, Texans will be getting out on the water.  Now more than ever, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is urging boaters and paddlers who hit the water this summer to do their part to fight back against aquatic invasive species, such as giant salvinia and zebra mussels, threatening Texas lakes.

May 25, 2021

2020 Boating Accidents at 30-Year High; Water Safety Urged for National Safe Boating Week Ahead of 2021 Boating Season

AUSTIN – In conjunction with National Safe Boating Week set for May 22-28, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) reminds Texans to be safe and vigilant this upcoming Memorial Day weekend and all summer long by following the law and taking basic safety precautions while on the water.

May 20, 2021

Prepare to “Rock Your Boat” This Summer by Taking a Boater Education Course, Being a Safe Boater 

AUSTIN — With fatalities on Texas waterways up 40 percent in the first quarter of 2021, Texas boaters are being urged to take boater education before heading to lakes and rivers this Memorial Day. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is launching a “Rock Your Boat” campaign urging boater education to help reduce fatalities and injuries on Texas waterways.

TPWD Updates List of Texas Species of Greatest Conservation Need

AUSTIN – To help facilitate the conservation of Texas’ most vulnerable species, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) recently updated the list of Texas Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN). The list is a core element of the Texas Conservation Action Plan, and is a guiding framework for Texas to access more than $50 million annually for SGCN-focused habitat conservation, education and recreation under the proposed Recovering America’s Wildlife Act.

May 19, 2021

Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center Resumes All Operations

ATHENS – The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center is pleased to announce a return to full operational status. Due to the public health situation, TFFC, located in Athens, had limited operations and visitor services since March 2020. During the pandemic, in anticipation of reopening, TFFC personnel utilized the partial closure to focus efforts on renovations and upgrades to enhance the visitor experience.

New Wild to Table Series Invites Beginners to Explore Hunting, Enter for a Chance to Win a Mentored Hunt

AUSTIN – Whether you’re looking for a new way to enjoy the outdoors or are simply interested in harvesting your own food, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) wants to help people interested in hunting get started by offering a chance to win a mentored hog hunt, guided by Texas Wildlife Association, among other prizes.

May 17, 2021

Texas State-Fish Art Contest Announces 2021 Winners

ATHENS – The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center is pleased to announce the Texas division of Wildlife Forever’s Fish Art Contest winners for 2021.

May 14, 2021

National Invasive Species Awareness Week May 15-22 Brings Attention to Harmful, Non-Native Plants and Wildlife

AUSTIN – During National Invasive Species Awareness Week (NISAW) May 15-22, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) wants to help Texans learn more about how invasive species affect our state’s natural resources and how everyone can help in slowing their spread. In honor of NISAW, May 15 is also designated National Clean, Drain, Dry Day to promote boater behaviors to prevent the spread of invasive species.

Chronic Wasting Disease Discovered at Deer Breeding Facilities in Matagorda and Mason Counties

AUSTIN – Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) has been discovered in deer breeding facilities in both Matagorda and Mason counties. This marks the first positive detection of the disease in these counties.

May 13, 2021

Game Warden Field Notes, May 13, 2021

The following items are compiled from recent Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) law enforcement reports.