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[ Media Contact: TPWD News, news@tpwd.texas.gov, 512-389-8030 ] [TH]
Jan. 16, 2006
Federal Grant to Restore Galveston Bay Rookery Island
HOUSTON -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has awarded a federal grant to Texas Parks & Wildlife Department for a more than $1.2 million project to restore wetlands on North Deer Island, the largest bird rookery island in the Galveston Bay system
The Texas grant was part of more than $15 million in grants to 12 states to help acquire, restore and protect coastal wetlands for long-term conservation benefits to wildlife and habitat under the National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program.
North Deer Island in West Galveston Bay is used each year by up to 30,000 breeding pairs of 19 species of coastal-dependent birds, including more than 1,000 nesting pairs of federally listed brown pelican.
The North Deer Island project will protect and restore over 135 acres of fish and wildlife habitats. In Phase II to be funded by the federal grant, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and project partners, will protect 82 acres of island habitat from erosion and restore eight acres of estuarine marsh.
The total cost of the project is $1.24 million, with $653,300 of that paid by the federal grant. The partners share of the project will be $587,000. Project partners include the Galveston Bay Estuary Program, Gulf of Mexico Program, USFWS Coastal Program, Texas Genco's EcoCenter, Shell Marine Habitat Program and Houston Audubon,.National Coastal Wetlands Conservation grants are awarded to states through a competitive process. The program is funded under provisions of the 1990 Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act, with money generated from excise taxes on fishing equipment, and motorboat and small engine fuels.
"These are win-win projects," said Dale Hall, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service director. "I'm very excited when we're able to leverage the taxpayer dollar with our partners and get a lot more value for the money."
For more information on this project please contact Jamie Schubert at (281) 534-0135 with the Coastal Fisheries Habitat Program.

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Jan. 16, 2006
Historic Landmark Inn Offers February Valentine's Special
CASTROVILLE, Texas -- If you're a Texas history buff and a romantic at heart, Landmark Inn in Castroville just west of San Antonio has the perfect way to celebrate Valentine's Day.
Since Valentine's Day, Feb. 14, falls on a Tuesday this year, the state-run bed-and-breakfast inn dating from the 1840s is offering sweethearts a "deluxe romantic package" any weekend of February. You'll be pampered with breakfast in bed one morning and enjoy the serenity of antique-furnished rooms with no telephones, television sets or other distractions.
The package price of $315 to $389 plus tax per couple includes a two-night stay at the inn on the banks of the Medina River, one evening of fine dining with a French flair at La Normandie Restaurant and lunch at the new Castroville Café. A gift basket and flower arrangement made with wildflowers grown onsite welcome arriving guests.
On the other morning, guests will gather to eat breakfast in the parlor of the Vance House, one of several historic structures on the five-acre state historic site operated by the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. Former inn owner Ruth Lawler, who once lived in the Vance House, donated the inn property to the State of Texas in 1974. Landmark Inn is only one of two TPWD properties operated as a bed and breakfast establishment.
Recently ranked among the state's Top 10 B&Bs by Texas Highways Magazine readers, the Landmark Inn has been carefully restored and maintained to provide guests with an opportunity to touch Texas' frontier past while enjoying all the modern comforts of home. The inn dates to 1849 when Swiss merchant Cesar Monod built a store on El Camino Real that crossed the Medina River just east of the property. It has operated as an inn since the 1850s.
The Landmark Inn offers 10 heated and air-conditioned rooms, four with private baths. Six of the rooms are in the main, two-story inn, while two are in the old rock bathhouse and two others are located in the Vance House.
To reserve your special Valentine's package, call the inn at (830) 931-2133 and "sleep where history was made."
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