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[ Media Contact: TPWD News, news@tpwd.texas.gov, 512-389-8030 ] [KE]
Dec. 13, 2004
Wardens Made Much Progress on the Border Last Month
ZAPATA, Texas -- At and around the Falcon Lake area on the Mexican border, game wardens had a busy November.
"Efforts of game wardens in conjunction with other law enforcement agencies have been very successful in the past few weeks in the Falcon Lake area," said Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Law Enforcement Director, Col. James Stinebaugh. "We intend to keep the pressure on all of our border areas to enforce game laws and assist other agencies in their missions when called upon to do so."
Following are some of the November accomplishments of the wardens:
--Wardens observed a Mexico commercial fishing vessel enter into United States waters on the Rio Grande River. When the officers attempted to stop the vessel, the subjects evaded arrest and went to Mexico. During the pursuit, the officers noticed a large number of plastic-covered bundles in the center of the violator boat which they suspected to be drugs. When the officers back-tracked the pursuit route, they discovered one of the plastic bundles floating in the water. The bundle, which was later determined to be marijuana, was turned over to the U.S. Border Patrol and weighed 41 pounds. The investigation continues.
--Wardens received a call advising that a vehicle loaded with drugs had just left a border location and was traveling toward Laredo. U.S. Border Patrol initiated the vehicle stop and Game Wardens were backing them up. The suspect vehicle drove off the highway and crashed into some thick brush and the driver fled. The officers were unable to locate the suspect; however, the vehicle was seized along with 348 pounds of marijuana.
--Wardens observed a vessel enter into U.S. waters from Mexico. The wardens followed the vessel to a public boat ramp in Zapata and initiated a water safety inspection. While inspecting the vessel, the game wardens noticed an open compartment that contained what they believed to be a bundle of marijuana. Upon further inspection of the vessel, the wardens located a total of 11 bundles of marijuana which was later weighed and totaled 125 pounds. The case was turned over to the U.S. Border Patrol.
--While working at Falcon Lake, wardens observed a Mexico commercial fishing vessel enter into U.S. waters. When the vessel entered into Arroyo Tigre, game wardens stopped the vessel. The operator of the vessel beached his boat on the bank and he and his passenger fled into some thick brush. The officers searched the area but were unable to locate the two subjects. The officers seized the vessel along with 3,000 feet of gill net.
--Wardens observed a Mexico Commercial fishing vessel enter into U.S. waters around Zapata. The wardens initiated a stop of the vessel and two Mexico commercial fishermen were arrested for possession of illegal fishing devices (gill nets) and transported to the Zapata County Jail. The violators were fined $450 each and their boat, motor and nets (900 feet) were seized by the wardens pending forfeiture proceedings.
--Other general seizures made in November include 3,000 feet of unattended gill nets and one unattended hoop net.

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[ Media Contact: TPWD News, news@tpwd.texas.gov, 512-389-8030 ] [RM]
Dec. 13, 2004
Public Help Sought To Name Oxen at Living History Farm
WASHINGTON, Texas - The staff at Barrington Living History Farm is seeking the public's help in naming twin Pineywoods bull calves born at Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site.
The deadline is Jan. 2 and the winner will get a Texas State Park Pass, donated by the Washington-on-the-Brazos State Park Association. A $60 value, the parks pass provides a year of free entry to more than 120 state parks and historic sites and discounts for camping, state park store merchandise, recreational equipment rentals and other perks.
The brown and white twin bulls were born at the living history farm between Brenham and Navasota on Nov. 14. The rare Pineywoods cattle breed, which is similar to the Texas longhorn, is unique to the Gulf Coast of the United States, according to Bill Irwin, Barrington's manager.
"Barrington staff will be training these two calves to be our next team of oxen," Irwin explained. "Oxen were the farm's "tractor" in the 19th century that provided the power to plow, harrow and haul. Teamsters and oxen work closely together and it is important that an ox knows his name and responds to commands."
Found from East Texas to Florida, where they have adapted to heavily wooded areas and coastal wetlands, this hardy, compactly-built breed developed from cattle brought to the new world from Spain, Irwin said. Pineywoods cattle, he said, have developed a tolerance to heat, humidity and natural parasites and made an excellent cross with other breeds that were introduced, such as the Brahma.
This once plentiful breed has almost disappeared. Today, the breed survives because of a few dedicated breeders, interest from historic sites such as Barrington and museums that use them for educational purposes. Horn shape and size very in the breed, as does the color, though Pineywoods cattle tend to be white-spotted in varying patterns.
Barrington Farm is located at Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site. Tour fees apply. The calves can be visited from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays.
Here are the rules for naming the oxen:
--Short simple names that go together and can be called quickly and easily.
--Names can't sound alike or rhyme.
--Names can't sound like or rhyme with the following commands: Come up, Back, Gee, Haw, and Whoa.
Contestants should submit entries along with their name, address and phone number to Barrington Living History Farm. Entries can be sent to: "Pineywoods," Barrington Farm, P.O. Box 305, Washington, TX 77880.
The park is located off Texas Highway 105 between Brenham and Navasota on FM 1155. Admission is $4 for adults, $2 for students and children ages six and younger enter for free. For additional details, please call (936) 878-2213.
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[ Media Contact: TPWD News, news@tpwd.texas.gov, 512-389-8030 ] [MM]
Dec. 13, 2004
Master Naturalist Program Seeks Applicants
AUSTIN, Texas - Twenty chapters of the Texas Master Naturalist program are conducting spring training classes for volunteers wanting to learn about natural resource and conservation management.
The Texas Master Naturalist program, with 30 chapters located across the state, aims to develop a corps of well-informed citizen volunteers who educate their communities about the management of natural resources.
The main qualification needed to become a Certified Texas Master Naturalist is an interest in learning and playing an active part in conservation. Volunteers will receive a minimum of 40 hours training from educators and specialists from places such as universities, natural resource agencies, nature centers and museums. Training topics include interpretation and management of natural resources, ecological concepts, eco-regions in Texas and natural systems management.
Volunteers are expected to give 40 hours of service a year in community education, demonstration and habitat enhancement projects. They are also expected to pursue a minimum of eight hours of advanced training in other, related areas of personal interest.
The chapters with volunteer training this spring are as follows:
--Abilene--Big Country Chapter. Training begins April 29. Call (325) 672-6048 or e-mail melissa.owen@aisd.org
--Amarillo--Panhandle Chapter. Training begins April 11. For more information, call (806) 352-7463 or e-mail suthomps@sbcglobal.net
--Bastrop--Lost Pines Chapter--Training begins Jan. 10. Call (512) 321-5073 or e-mail carolreidy@hotmail.com
--Beaumont--Upper Coast Chapter. Training begins April 5. Call (409) 835-8461 or e-mail tslooney@tamu.edu
--Bellville--Lincecum Chapter. Training begins March 7. Call (979) 865-8047 or e-mail deborahlansley@juno.com
--Bryan--Brazos County Chapter. Training planned for April. Call (979) 458-1099 or e-mail sarnold@ag.tamu.edu
--Conroe/Huntsville--Heartwood Chapter. Classes begin April 16. E-mail texasnaturelover@earthlink.net
--Dallas--North Texas Chapter. Classes begin Feb. 15. Call (214) 904-3050 or e-mail xxxsharp@aol.com
--Edinburg--Rio Grande Valley Chapter. Training begins Feb. 10 with a registration deadline of Jan. 26. Call (956) 364-1410 or e-mail rgvctmn@aol.com
--El Paso--Trans Pecos Chapter. Spring dates are pending. Call (915) 859-7725 or e-mail r-bader@tamu.edu
--Galveston--Galveston Bay Area Chapter. Training begins Feb. 24. Call (281) 534-3413, ext.3 or e-mail jk-massey@tamu.edu
--Junction--Western Edwards Plateau Chapter. Classes begin April19. Call (325) 446-2301 or e-mail martha.richardson@ttu.edu
--Harlingen--Rio Grande Valley Chapter. Classes begin Feb.16 with a registration deadline of Jan. 26. Call (956) 354-1410 or e-mail rgvctmn@aol.com
--Houston--Gulf Coast Chapter. Classes begin Feb. 28. Call (281) 855-5600 or e-mail gcmn@tamu.edu
--New Braunfels--Lindheimer Chapter. Classes begin April 5. Call (830) 620-3440 or e-mail elee@gutc.com
--Port Lavaca--Mid Coast Chapter. Training begins in February. Call (361) 552-5187 or visit http://midcoast.tamu.edu
--San Antonio--Alamo Area Chapter. Classes start March 24 with a registration deadline of Feb. 24. Call (210) 698-2397 or visit www.alamomasternaturalist.org
--San Marcos--Hays County Chapter. Classes begin Feb. 8 with a registration deadline of Jan. 14. Call (512) 393-2120 or e-mail jp10@swt.edu
--Tyler--East Texas Chapter. Classes begin Jan. 22. Call (903) 566-9394 or e-mail irene.hamel@tpwd.texas.gov
--Waco--Heart of Texas Chapter. Training begins March 23. Call (254) 799-7170 or e-mail nadawaco@yahoo.com
--Wichita Falls--Rolling Plains Chapter. Training begins in March. Call (940) 766-2383 or e-mail mark.howell@tpwd.texas.gov
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Texas Cooperative Extension co-sponsor the Texas Master Naturalist Program statewide. For more information about existing chapters or forming a new chapter, contact Sonny Arnold, Assistant Program Coordinator, 111 Nagle Hall, 2258, TAMU, College Station, TX 77843. Or you can call (979) 458-1099 or e-mail sarnold@ag.tamu.edu.

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[ Media Contact: TPWD News, news@tpwd.texas.gov, 512-389-8030 ] [KE]
Dec. 13, 2004
Stay Tuned
Information from Texas Parks and Wildlife is available on radio and television, as well as the newsstand.
Passport to Texas, TPWD's radio series of weekday, 90-second stories is broadcast on more than 100 Texas stations. Airing the week of Dec. 13-17, a Houston-area community is taking steps to make sure everyone can enjoy the Brazos River. Plus, we'll tell you that before you try you luck panning for gold in a state streambed, you'll want to collect some valuable information first.
For more information, visit the Web.
Video News
TPWD provides video news reports that run in newscasts on numerous Texas stations, as well as on cable and satellite outlets around the nation.
For more information, go to the Web.
"Texas Parks & Wildlife" is a weekly half-hour television series seen on PBS affiliates around the state.
For more information about this week's programs and where they can be viewed, visit the Web.
Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine is always available on newsstands throughout the state and by subscription for $19.95 a year. To subscribe, call (800) 937-9393 or order online.
On the Net:
Passport to Texas: http://www.passporttotexas.org/
TPWD Video News: http://tpwd.texas.gov/news/tv/vnr/thismonth/
TPWD on PBS: http://tpwd.texas.gov/tv
TPW Magazine: http://www.tpwmagazine.com/