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[ Media Contact: TPWD News, news@tpwd.texas.gov, 512-389-8030 ] [LH]
Jan. 6, 2010
Texas State-Fish Art Contest Seeks Entries, Expo Sponsors and Exhibitors
Deadline for entries is March 31
ATHENS, Texas-Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) officials intend to make the 2010 State-Fish Art Contest expo at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (TFFC) in Athens the biggest and best in the contest's history, and they need your help.
Wildlife Forever, the national sponsor of the contest, has agreed to move the national competition and expo from the Mall of America in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, to TFFC for the July 17 event.
The Toyota Bass Classic Foundation funds the Texas division of the contest, including cash prizes for Texas winners. However, in order to put on a Texas-size event, TFFC is seeking the cooperation of additional sponsors to put on a day-long outdoor show with hands-on activities and exhibits for the contest winners, their families, and the public.
Outdoor-related businesses and organizations are invited to have a booth to display and sell merchandise or to sponsor a demonstration or hands-on activity such as outdoor cooking, camping, archery, casting, fly-fishing, making fish prints or rock climbing.
Especially wanted are artists who combine an interest in the outdoors with their art, whether it be sculpture, painting, woodcarving, pottery, jewelry-making or more. "We want to showcase a broad range of outdoor activities and types of art to acquaint students with the variety of artistic endeavors, recreation and career opportunities available to them," said Zoe Ann Stinchcomb, coordinator of the Texas division of the contest. "The ultimate goal of the contest is to foster a lifelong interest in conservation and the outdoors through art."
Artists are invited to have a booth to sell their art and to demonstrate the techniques used in making it.
The State-Fish Art Contest is open to any student in grades 4 through 12 in public, private or home schools. Texas entries are judged at TFFC and are due March 31. Contest information and entry form can be found at tpwd.texas.gov/fishart.
A video about the contest may be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/TexasParksWildlife#p/c/EEFA84B51D1C2C8B/0/i0rPPgaBJdA.
Businesses, organizations and individuals wishing to sponsor or take part in the expo should contact Stinchcomb at (903) 670-2238 or e-mail zoeann.stinchcomb@tpwd.texas.gov.
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[ Additional Contacts: Rob McCorkle (830) 866-3533, or robert.mccorkle@tpwd.texas.gov; Josh Kruse (936) 878-2214, ext. 246, or josh.kruse@tpwd.texas.gov ]
Jan. 6, 2010
Barrington Living History Farm Celebrates Women's History Month
WASHINGTON, Texas -- Learn how the Lone Star State's pioneer women lived during a "True Texas Women" presentation at Barrington Living History Farm at Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site the last weekend in March.
The special program is being held from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on March 27 and 28 to celebrate Women's History Month and Texas History Month. Admission is $5.00 for adults, $3 for students, and it's free for Texas State Park Pass holders. Children 6 and under are free. Discount tickets are available to tour the state historic site's Independence Hall and Star of the Republic Museum.
As men tamed the Texas frontier in the mid-1800s, the women and girls of the family often endured difficult and extreme hardships, but their determination earned them the title of "gentle tamers and sunbonneted helpmates." The ladies of Barrington, using authentic letters and diary entries, will tell the stories of these women's lives, and a re-enactor portraying one of the more flamboyant and rowdy women of the day, Pamelia Mann, will make an appearance to talk about her life and times.
Visit Barrington Farm on this special weekend and learn the art of making items necessary for day-to-day 19th century living. Try your hand at spinning, crocheting, quilting, tatting, and crafting items that pioneer women would have been proud to display in their homes. See a variety of fashions, jewelry, and cosmetics that were just as essential to early Texas women as they are to women today. Learn about the significant aspects of their lives including courting, marriage, giving birth, motherhood, and mourning customs.
For additional details, call (936) 878-2214, ext. 246. Barrington Farm is located at Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site in Washington, Texas, off State Highway 105 between Brenham and Navasota, on FM 1155. Barrington is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

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[ Additional Contacts: David Veale, 830-424-3407, david.veale@tpwd.texas.gov ]
Jan. 6, 2010
Prescribed Fire Workshop Offered Jan. 16 at Neasloney WMA
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's M.O. Neasloney Wildlife Management Area will hold its 7th Annual Prescribed Burning Field Day starting at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 16. Neasloney WMA is located at 20700 Hwy 80 north, between Luling and Belmont.
The free workshop is designed to give landowners and land managers a basic understanding of the use and application of prescribed fire in a wildlife and/or grazing management program. Topics will include historical perspectives on fire, the role of fire in vegetation management, fire weather and safety, planning the burn, fire line preparation, suppression equipment and smoke management. Participants will conduct a burn if conditions permit.
Those attending the field day will need to bring their own lunch and drinks and will also need to bring leather gloves, leather boots and cotton outerwear.
There is no charge for the workshop, but those planning to attend should write, phone (leave message) or email reservations by Jan. 13 to David Veale, Neasloney WMA, 20700 St. Hwy. 80 N, Gonzales, TX 78629, david.veale@tpwd.texas.gov, (830) 424-3407. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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[ Additional Contacts: Art Morris, 361-825-3356, art.morris@tpwd.texas.gov; or Tonya Wiley, 281-534-0131, tonya.wiley@tpwd.texas.gov ]
Jan. 6, 2010
TPWD Seeks Volunteers to Remove Abandoned Crab Traps
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas -- Hoping to add to the mountain of almost 26,000 derelict crab traps hauled from Texas bays since 2002, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department officials are gearing up for the 9th Texas Abandoned Crab Trap Removal Program, running this year from February 19-28, 2010.
During this 10-day period, all Texas bays will be closed to crabbing with crab traps, and any traps left in the bay will be presumed abandoned and considered litter under state law, allowing volunteers to legally remove any crab traps they find. Before the 77th Legislature authorized the abandoned crab trap removal program, only the trap's owner or a Texas game warden could legally remove a crab trap. State game wardens pick up more than 2,500 traps annually, yet there are many more still in the water to foul shrimpers' nets, snag fishermen's lines, ghost fish and create an unsightly view of Texas shores.
Volunteers are needed to assist in the coast-wide effort to remove the numerous wire mesh traps that have been lost or abandoned since last year's cleanup. To facilitate volunteer trap removal efforts this year, TPWD will provide trap drop-off sites at several locations along the coast Saturday, Feb. 20, from 8 a.m. to noon, weather permitting. Additionally, at most sites, dumpsters marked with banners will be available to receive traps for the duration of the closure. Site locations will be announced in February.
Volunteers can work at their own pace during the closure as time and weather permit, but traps cannot be removed prior to Feb. 19 or after Feb. 28. Last year, volunteers, with the aid of numerous sponsors, removed more than 1,900 traps.
"The success of this program is a reflection of the keen sense of stewardship anglers and other outdoor enthusiasts have for the marine resources of this great state. Volunteers are working themselves out of a job, as indicated by the waning number of traps removed each year, but that is a good thing," said Art Morris, TPWD program coordinator.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Coastal Program, Coastal Conservation Association Texas, Coastal Bend Bays and Estuaries Program, and the Cecil M. Hopper Museum are providing significant support to the crab trap removal program. Additional help is coming from numerous organizations and companies who are volunteering their services.
To participate, volunteers can arrange to pickup free tarps, gloves, trap hooks and additional information at their local TPWD Coastal Fisheries Field Stations. TPWD requests volunteers record and submit information about the number of traps that they collect as well as any sightings of diamondback terrapins.
For more information about the Abandoned Crab Trap Removal Program and how you can volunteer, please contact your local TPWD Coastal Fisheries Office or Art Morris at the Corpus Christi Field Station: (361) 825-3356, art.morris@tpwd.texas.gov; or Tonya Wiley at the Dickinson Marine Lab: (281) 534-0131, tonya.wiley@tpwd.texas.gov.