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July 19, 2010
Nominations Sought for Leopold Conservation Award, Lone Star Land Steward Awards
The $10,000 Leopold award is the statewide accolade within the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's Lone Star Land Steward Award Program, which also recognizes land stewards in 10 different ecological regions and in corporate, co-operative and special categories. The awards recognize Texas ranchers and other landowners who demonstrate outstanding, sustainable management of natural resources.
"The Leopold Conservation Award is the highest honor for private land stewardship in Texas, reserved for the truly exceptional examples of conservation achievement and commitment in our state," said Carter Smith, TPWD executive director. "We have had exceptional stewards in all areas of the state, and anyone can nominate a previous eco-region winner for the Leopold award. All the information to make nominations is on our website."
The Leopold award is presented in honor of famed conservationist and author Aldo Leopold, who called for an ethical relationship between people and the land they own and manage. It is open to any landowner who has previously received an eco-region Lone Star Land Steward Award.
"The health of Texas' landscape is dependent on hard-working farmers and ranchers across the state who dedicate themselves to ensuring that Texas' land, water and wildlife are in better shape than when they found them," said Dr. Brent Haglund, Sand County Foundation President. "Year after year, the quality of award nominations for the Leopold Conservation Award proves that Texas' natural resources are being cared for by innovative landowners who want to see them flourish for future generations."
Eco-region award winners and the Leopold Conservation Award recipient will be announced at the Lone Star Land Steward Awards ceremony next May in Austin. The Leopold Conservation Award is made possible in Texas through the generous support of the Bradley Fund for the Environment and Silver Eagle Distributors.
Sand County Foundation is a private, non-profit conservation organization dedicated to working with private landowners to improve habitat on their land. In the spirit of Aldo Leopold, author of A Sand County Almanac, the Foundation encourages the exercise of private responsibility in the pursuit of improved land health. Aside from Texas, the foundation presents Leopold awards in California, Colorado, Nebraska, South Dakota, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
For more information about how to nominate a landowner for the Lone Star Land Steward Awards, contact Private Lands Program Director Linda Campbell in Austin at (512) 389-4395 or email linda.campbell@tpwd.texas.gov.
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July 19, 2010
Lifetime License Winner Happy His Luck Hadn't Run Out
AUSTIN - Daniel Hidalgo won $1,000 in Las Vegas many years ago and hadn't won anything since.
So when he went to his local Big 5 Sporting Goods store in Midland to buy a fishing license and saw a display advertising Texas Parks and Wildlife's Lifetime License Drawing, the last thing he thought was that his single entry would win.
But he didn't leave Lady Luck behind in Vegas as he had thought. Hidalgo's was the winning entry in the June 30 drawing.
"I was thrilled when they called me and told me I won," he said. "Luck was with me."
Hidalgo won a lifetime super combo hunting and fishing license and will be able to hunt and fish in Texas for the rest of his life without having to purchase another Texas state hunting and fishing license.
Hidalgo said he, his brother and nephews usually get to fish and hunt about once a year. However, with the money he'll save with the lifetime license, he said it is "very likely" he'll take his family outdoors more often.
Another lucky Texan hunter or angler will win a lifetime license in another drawing on December 30. Entries for the December drawing go on sale on Aug. 15 and must be purchased by Dec. 27 to be eligible for the drawing.
Entries to win the lifetime super combo license - a $1,800 value - are only $5.
Participants can purchase entries anywhere Texas hunting and fishing licenses are sold or online at tpwd.texas.gov/buy/. They can also buy an entry over the phone by calling 1 (800) TX LIC 4 U (895-4248).
Entries received for the Dec. 30 drawing that do not win will be automatically entered for a second drawing that will be held on June 30. The deadline for entering the second drawing will be June 27.
There were more than 11,500 entries in the two drawings last year, raising more than $56,000 for on-the-ground conservation projects. The proceeds from the drawing fund TPWD projects such as fish stocking, wildlife management, habitat restoration and land conservation.
Only Texas residents are eligible to win the Lifetime License. Participants may purchase as many entries as they like, and the winner may also give the license as a gift to a friend or family member who is also a Texas resident. For more information on rules and to find a local retailer where you can purchase an entry, visit tpwd.texas.gov/lifetime.