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[ Media Contact: TPWD News, news@tpwd.texas.gov, 512-389-8030 ] [KD]
May 16, 2005
Outreach Grants Help Texas Kids Go Camping
AUSTIN, Texas -- Sixteen grants totaling more than $400,000 have been awarded to fund camping and outdoor environmental education camps that target underserved populations and their families.
The grants, funded by sporting tax dollars, are part of the Community Outdoor Outreach Program at Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
"For many of the participants targeted in this program, this will be the first time they have experienced the outdoors, Texas Parks and Wildlife style," said CO-OP Program Director Darlene Lewis. "These overnight stays and programs have been developed to help families around the state to not only learn more about our natural resources, but to become better stewards of our resources."
Including this year's awards, there has been a total of $800,000 in grants awarded from 2004-05.
This year's awards are as follows:
--(Arlington) -- Big Brothers/Big Sisters of North Texas -- The "Pass It On" mentoring program is designed to promote the enjoyment, understanding, protection and restoration of our natural ecosystems. ($26,000)
--(Channelview) -- Harris County Precinct 2 -- Funds from this grant will help pay for transportation and visits to state parks. ($27,600)
--(Comstock) -- The Shumla School -- Day and adventure camps for students who will learn about local history, Native American ways, plants, and archeology. ($30,000)
--(Dallas) -- P.O.I.N.T. -- Outdoor-activities such as kayaking, hunting, fly fishing, climbing wall and archery are just a few of the events that physically challenged participants will get to try during an Extravaganza this summer. ($22,600)
--(El Paso) -- El Paso ISD -- The Nature Days Summer Earth Camps will be a series of four, one-week camps for elementary students from housing developments in the city. ($29,985)
--(Fort Worth) -- Fort Worth Zoological Association -- Inner-city kids, their parents and their teachers will participate in "The Outdoors Explorers Overnight" and learn about plants, fishing, rock climbing, and the environment. ($15,174)
--(Galveston) -- Galveston ISD -- The funds from this grant will enable the district to offer a series of sailing, fishing, kayaking, birdwatching and overnight camping experiences for at-risk students and their families. ($30,000)
--(Georgetown) -- Williamson County Juvenile Services -- Juveniles and their families will get to experience camping, wildlife viewing and other outdoor activities. ($29,858)
--(Granite Shoals) -- Marble Falls ISD- Project LIFE, Learning to be an Investigator For our Environment, will inspire and empower students to become stewards of the environment. Programs/activities are centered around the environmental/outdoor learning trail and classroom. ($11,385)
--(Houston) -- Fondren Civic Club -- Houston ISD children will visit state parks, the Moody Gardens, The Aquarium and learn more about the environment and conservation. ($20,434)
--(Laredo) -- Webb County - A series of workshops and site visits to state parks in Texas will introduce at-risk youth to hiking, camping, birding, and Texas heritage. ($30,000)
--(Laredo) -- City of Laredo Parks & Recreation -- Game wardens and state parks staff will help introduce students from predominately low income families to fishing and hunting techniques, state park activities/programs and environmental and conservation programs. ($22,672)
--(Lufkin) -- Burke Center -- "Operation Wildlife" will provide wilderness and outdoor activities and education for 409 participants and families. Activities will include backpacking, flyfishing, camping, wildlife viewing, canoeing and more. ($29,768)
--(Pearland) -- Texas Hunter Education Instructor's Association -- Eight Texas schools will be targeted to learn more about hunter education, hunting, archery and shooting sports. ($30,000)
--(Port Arthur) -- Port Arthur Historical Society -- "Enviro-Kids" is a free summer camp program offered to elementary school-age kids to learn more about plant life, wildlife, conservation, environmental issues and outdoor recreation. ($23,080)
--(Seguin) -- Seguin Outdoor Learning Center -- Project GETGO, Girls Exploring Texas' Great Outdoors, will target minority, low-income 5th and 6th grade girls who will get to canoe, kayak, fish, learn orienteering, and do some overnight camping. ($22,870)
The next available CO-OP grant deadline is Oct. 1. To find out more about the grant or how to apply, contact TPWD at (512) 912-7124 or rec.grants@tpwd.texas.gov.

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[ Media Contact: TPWD News, news@tpwd.texas.gov, 512-389-8030 ] [KE/TH]
May 16, 2005
Game Wardens Lead Terrorism and Disaster Response Training
KILLEEN, Texas -- Texas Parks and Wildlife Department game wardens, in partnership with state and federal homeland security agencies and others, led a terrorism response exercise at TPWD's Parrie Haynes Ranch south of here May 10-12.
This trained the newly formed Game Warden GIS Team in use of GIS (Geographic Information Systems) search and recovery and computer mapping for disaster and terrorism incidents. The training fulfills a homeland security directive to improve coordination between agencies before actual incidents thru simulated exercises. It will also be useful for ongoing game warden work in criminal court cases to collect and present evidence using GIS.
Modern Geographic Information System mapping coupled with Global Positioning Systems help first responders with search and recovery operations needed in natural and man-made disasters. TPWD game wardens used the technology in the 2003 Shuttle Columbia Crash to recover debris in rural and thick brushy areas where their specialized equipment and knowledge of the terrain was needed.
The department's GIS Lab and Information Technology Division computer experts provided technical support to make the terrorism training exercise possible. The GIS Lab, coordinating with partner organizations to access support skills and technology, also played a key role in the shuttle debris search.
Using remotely sensed information from satellites and rapid field data collection techniques, game wardens and other law enforcement and emergency managers from various agencies conducted the training. It was based on mock scenario in which a terrorist plane carrying radioactive material crashed on a remote ranch in Texas.
"Our Texas game wardens are critical to the emergency management response in this state," Col. Pete Flores, TPWD law enforcement director. "This technology and training will serve us in our daily duties and will enhance our ability to serve Texans in the manner they expect and deserve."

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May 16, 2005
TPWD Game Warden Field Notes
The following are excerpts from recent Texas Parks and Wildlife Department law enforcement reports.
--Covert Work on Catfish Case Ends -- The termination of a two-month covert investigation into the unlawful sale of fish from Lake Fork Reservoir in Northeast Texas ended May 10 with the arrest of an Emory man. Gene Henderson pleaded guilty before Rains County Justice of the Peace Don Smith to charges of selling and offering to sell protected game and finfish. The charges alleged that Henderson sold Flathead, Blue and Channel catfish taken from Lake Fork to covert investigators on three separate occasions. Prior to the arrest, the subject displayed and offered to sell 800 pounds of catfish being held in wire cages tied to piers near his waterfront residence. After the arrest, game wardens released twenty flathead catfish, the largest weighing 65 pounds, as well as 49 channel and blue catfish. Henderson's fines total $6,750.

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May 16, 2005
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. 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. Airing May 15-22, biologists in Texas and Nebraska are using radio telemetry to track and study pintail ducks. Dave Morrison, the Waterfowl Program Leader for TPWD is spearheading the research project here in Texas; park ranger John Tatum gives us a tour of the Spanish mission at Mission Tejas State Park; birds and their beaks are this weeks 'Wild Things' topic with host Ann Miller; wildlife biologist Rick Taylor of Uvalde says the black bear is slowly returning to its native West Texas range; and finally, watch as the Golden Silk spider spins its web.
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/