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Nov. 13, 2019

Invasive Giant Salvinia Found at Houston County Lake

AUSTIN – Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) inland fisheries staff found less than 1 acre of invasive giant salvinia in multiple locations at Houston County Lake near Crockett Nov. 8.

Nov. 12, 2019

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Texas Trustees Providing Project Updates Online Dec. 4

GALVESTON – The Deepwater Horizon Natural Resources Damage Assessment (NRDA) Texas Trustee Implementation Group (TIG) will present a restoration update, including project updates, and offer the public an opportunity to submit comments online Dec. 4.

Nov. 8, 2019

TPWD Inland Fisheries Staff Considering Freshwater Fishing Regulation Changes for 2020-21

AUSTIN – Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Inland Fisheries management staff are considering changes to freshwater fishing regulations at water bodies located in Cooke, Tom Green, Grayson, and Williamson counties for 2020-21. Staff previewed the potential changes to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission at their meeting this week in Austin.

Game Warden Field Notes

The following items are compiled from recent Texas Parks and Wildlife law enforcement reports.

Nov. 7, 2019

Residents of Aransas County Participate in Vessel Turn-In Program

AUSTIN— Texas game wardens, the General Land Office, Aransas County and Keep Aransas County Beautiful partnered for a two-day event held Oct. 25-26 offered the citizens of Aransas County an opportunity to remove unwanted or inoperable and vessels through the Vessel Turn-In Program (VTIP) free of charge.

TPW Commission Approves Regulation Changes for Freshwater Trotlines and Other Related Gears

AUSTIN – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission approved changes to the regulations on passive fishing gear (jug lines, minnow traps, perch traps, throwlines, and trotlines) to facilitate the removal of abandoned gear from public waters, make the presence of passive fishing gear identifiable to all users of public waters, and minimize the unintended take of aquatic resources.

TPW Commission Recognize Officers and Boating Educator of the Year

AUSTIN— The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission (TPW) recognized two game wardens and a boating educator during today’s meeting for their contributions and efforts supporting the agency mission.

Nov. 6, 2019

TPW Commission Thanks Texas for Approving Prop 5

S. Reed Morian, Chairman of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission, issued the following statement regarding the results of yesterday’s election where voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 5, a constitutional amendment dedicating revenue received from the sales and use taxes collected on sporting goods to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas Historical Commission:

Nov. 5, 2019

Free Entrance to Texas State Parks Nov. 10 in Honor of Veterans Day

AUSTIN— In honor of both active and retired military, daily entrance fees at Texas State Parks will be waived for all visitors Sunday, Nov. 10.

Nov. 1, 2019

Waterfowl Hunters Reminded to Help Prevent Spread of Giant Salvinia

AUSTIN –With duck hunting season getting underway in most of the state in early November, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is reminding waterfowl hunters to clean, drain and dry boats and equipment before traveling from lake to lake to help avoid spreading invasive species like giant salvinia.