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May 13, 2010
Bastrop Area, Parks Across Texas Celebrate National Trails Day June 5
BASTROP - Texans of all ages can explore the Lost Pines region as Bastrop County and eight other organizations join state and local parks and other sites across Texas to celebrate National Trails Day on June 5.
This year, a coalition of groups in Bastrop County is partnering for the first time to offer a large and diverse array of outdoor recreation activities for National Trails Day. Bastrop & Buescher State Parks, Lower Colorado River Authority's McKinney Roughs and Lake Bastrop North & South Shore Parks, American Youth Works- E-Corp, Pines and Prairie Land Trust, Environmental Stewardship and Smithville Chamber of Commerce have joined together to offer trail work parties, educational experiences, guided hikes and historic walking tours to celebrate this national event.
National Trails Day is held the first Saturday in June and encourages the public to seek out their favorite trails and celebrate while participating in educational exhibits, trail dedications, trail work projects, gear demonstrations, instructional workshops and planned hikes. The only nationwide celebration of trails, National Trails Day brings awareness to trails and thanks many people and partners for their support and hard work, including volunteers, land agencies and outdoor minded businesses.
Bastrop State Park will be hosting a variety of events on June 5 starting between 9-10 a.m. Visitors are invited to discover the Lost Pines with a Master Naturalist guided hike or for the more experienced hikers, a four mile Ranger guided hike. Families may join in on the Spanish Speaking Nature Walk. Volunteers of all ages are welcome to the American Youth Works- E-Corp- trail work party and trail building event, the only Bastrop area event to take place from 9 a.m. to noon.
Buescher State Park will host a two mile guided hike through Pine Gulch starting at 6:30 p.m. The Lower Colorado River Authority is hosting Children's Hike and Fish! at North Shore Park at 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m., The event includes a nature walk with fishing from the floating bridge, with supplies being provided by the LCRA.
At LCRA's McKinney Roughs Nature Park west of Bastrop, families and individuals can also enjoy Family Nature Quest from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Card Cache Scavenger Hunt from 11 a.m.-noon and Nighttime Nature Walk from 9ľ10:30 p.m.
The Smithville Chamber of Commerce is holding a guided Historic Walking Tour. The tours start at the Gazebo in downtown Smithville and are at 10 a.m., 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. At the Lost Pines Nature Trails and River Access point there will be an information tent for hikers, bikers, birders and kayakers to find out more about the park, Wilbarger and El Camino Real Paddling Trails and upcoming events. Wilbarger and El Camino Real Paddling Trails offers 20 miles of canoeing and kayaking along the Colorado River. In addition to these events, Rocky Hill Ranch also offers 25 miles of mountain bike trails. For more information visit www.rockyhillranch.net.
Other events in Texas celebrating National Trails Day include:
--Bright Leaf Open House, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Friends of Bright Leaf, Austin
--Barton Creek Greenbelt - National Trails Day Workday, 8 a.m.-12 a.m., Austin Parks Foundation, Austin
--Fate Bell Shelter Rock Art Tour, 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Seminole Canyon State Park and Historic Site, Comstock
--Goliad Paddling Trail Flotilla, 9 a.m.-2 a.m., San Antonio River Authority, Goliad
--Main Street Outdoor Adventure 10K Trail Walk, 8 a.m.-10:30 a.m., City of Grapevine and the Lake Grapevine Runners and Walkers, Grapevine
--Celebrate National Trails Day, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, Houston
--National Trails Day at Brazos Bend State Park, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Brazos Bend State Park, Houston
--Photography Hike, 9 a.m.-11 a.m., San Marcos Greenbelt Alliance, San Marcos
All National Trails Day activities are free, but Texas state park entry fees will still apply.
National Trails Day® is the American Hiking Society's signature trail awareness program, created to inspire the public and trail enthusiasts nationwide to seek out their favorite trails to discover, learn about, and celebrate trails. A complete list of Texas-based National Trails Day events is on the AHS Web site.
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May 13, 2010
Texas Game Warden Training Center Gets Big Gift from Former Governor Clements
Note to editors: This release will substitute for May 11 news release headlined "Grand Opening of New Game Warden Training Center Set."
AUSTIN -- Former Gov. William P. Clements has donated $1 million toward the planned second phase of the new Texas Game Warden Training Center in rural Hamilton County, bringing to $3 million his total contribution to the project.
"No other state agency helps Texas put its best foot forward than the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department," Clements said at Wednesday's dedication of the recently completed first phase of the training center. Praising Texas's 532 game wardens, he added, "I'm proud of them and I know you are."
Located on a 220-acre tract donated by the Police Assistance League of Texas, the state-of-the-art training facility near the small community of Star is the result of a public-private partnership that so far has raised more than half of the $20 million needed to complete the entire project.
Clements, who served as governor from 1979-1983 and again from 1987-1991, earlier donated $2 million toward construction of the first phase of the game warden training facility.
"Bill Clements' accomplishments in conservation during his two terms as governor have had lasting impacts on Texas," said Will Beecherl, chairman of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation's board. "Through appointments, acts, legislation, policy, and influence, he has been an enthusiastic champion of conservation. Furthermore, he has been a life-long supporter and a participant in hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation. Texas is fortunate to have been the recipient of his leadership and generosity."
The Texas Legislature initially authorized $3.6 million from the sale of the 1978-vintage, 6.2-acre game warden training facility in central Austin to begin construction of the 39,000-square foot campus in Hamilton County. The rest of the funding has come from private donations. The Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation has been a key player in the fundraising effort and the Texas Game Warden Association has assisted as well.
The now-completed Phase One construction includes an administration building, an education hall-armory, dining hall and a fitness center. The second phase will include a firing range, a water rescue facility, an emergency vehicle operations course, refitting of instructor quarters and cadet cabins and a helicopter landing pad.
Currently, 43 future game wardens plus one conservation officer from the Mexican state of Nuevo Leon -- 36 men and 8 women -- are moving toward completion of training that began on January 4 this year. They are scheduled to graduate in ceremonies at the State Capitol on July 27.
During the ceremonies Wednesday, the training center's landscaped central plaza was named in honor of Clements. In recognition of other major donors, the administration building was named for Ramona and Lee M. Bass, the education building for Dan and Debra Friedkin, the armory for Arthur Temple, the fitness center for Luminant and the dining hall for Kathie and Ed L. Cox, Jr.
Since 1895, Texas game wardens have built a reputation as "off-the-pavement" peace officers with a state law enforcement heritage second only to the legendary Texas Rangers. Eighteen have died in the line of duty.
That tradition of service is carried on today by 532 men and women who reflect the diversity of the people of Texas. They come from small towns and some of the nation's largest urban areas. Many have degrees in criminal justice or wildlife management or biology. Others studied the humanities or trained in a wide range of other fields before becoming game wardens.
To make a donation, visit www.tpwf.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=149&Itemid=146
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Video from the grand opening: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZG6Dp8Hyh4