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[ Media Contact: TPWD News, news@tpwd.texas.gov, 512-389-8030 ]
[ Additional Contacts: John Spence, Service Learning Texas, (512) 420-0214, jspence@txcsl.org; Tom Harvey, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, (512) 389-4453; Al Sommers, representing Encana Oil & Gas, (512) 330-0500, asommers@sommerspr.com ]
Sept. 7, 2010
Healthy Habitat Grants Available for Texas Schools
Student Projects Will Help Implement Texas Conservation Action Plan
AUSTIN -- The call is going out to public and private middle and high schools and educational nonprofits across the state: Texas Healthy Habitats Grants of up to $10,000 are now available from Service Learning Texas, with applications due Sep. 30.
The grants will involve students in service-learning initiatives to improve or restore the natural environment, made possible with a donation from Encana Oil & Gas (USA), Inc. to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation.
The grants program encourages students to partner with communities, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) staff and other experts to identify conservation needs and work together to come up with solutions. The students will address priorities in the Texas Conservation Action Plan (formerly Texas Wildlife Action Plan), a blueprint to aid wildlife and their habitats before they become threatened or endangered.
The program builds on an existing partnership between TPWD and Service Learning Texas, a statewide initiative of the Texas Education Agency and Region 14 Education Service Center. Service Learning Texas improves student achievement through service-learning, which integrates community service with academic success.
Eligible grant applicants include:
--public schools, open enrollment charter schools, and private nonprofit schools in Texas that serve youth in grades 5-12;
--501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations in Texas that work with students in grades 5-12; and
--state or local agencies in Texas that work with youth in grades 5-12.
Applications for the grant competition are available in the 2010-2011 Docs & Info section on the Service Learning Texas Healthy Habitats webpage and are due by Thursday, Sep. 30. Applicants should consult with TPWD staff for assistance in identifying local environmental needs, examining issues and determining resources, and developing a plan. Applicants may apply for up to $10,000. Competitive preference will be given to counties in which Encana operates (Angelina, Denton, Freestone, Hood, Leon, Nacogdoches, Panola, Parker, Robertson, Sabine, Shelby, Tarrant, and Wise).
Applicants must also watch a recording of webinar on a the grant, and a link to the recording is posted on the Healthy Habitats page of the Service Learning Texas website.

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Sept. 7, 2010
Bluegill Family Fishing Tournament September 25 at Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center
ATHENS, Texas--The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center's annual Bluegill Family Fishing Tournament will take place this year on Saturday, September 25.
The tournament awards prizes for the heaviest stringers of sunfish, but the event is really about adults and children having fun fishing together.
Numerous prize packages will be awarded, including an X-Box 360 with game, fishing equipment and gift cards from local businesses.
Sponsors of the event include the Lake Athens Property Owners Association, Aaron's Sales and Lease Ownership, Best Western Royal Mountain Inn, Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites - Athens, WalMart Supercenter of Athens, Cole Air Conditioning and Appliance, Chicken Express and First State Bank.
Teams must consist of one adult 18 years of age or older and one child under 18 years of age. Each team can weigh in a maximum of four fish. Multiple teams can fish from the same boat, making it possible for both parents to partner with different children and still fish as a family. Team members are not required to be related.
Teams may choose to fish either on Lake Athens, which is adjacent to TFFC, or in TFFC's ponds and streams, some of which have been stocked with bluegills.
All species of sunfish or bream (except largemouth bass) are allowed; for information on identifying them, see http://tpwd.texas.gov/landwater/water/aquaticspecies/inland.phtml.
Pre-registration is required. Mail registration must be received by Wednesday, September 22. To download an entry form, go to http://tpwd.texas.gov/publications/nonpwdforms/media/bluegill_flyer.doc.
To request a registration form by mail, call (903) 670-2222.
You may register in person on the day of the event by going to the Anglers Pavilion at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center AFTER 9:00 a.m.
A $15 entry fee per team will be charged. The entry fee includes admission to TFFC. Fishing will take place from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., with the weigh-in at the Anglers Pavilion at TFFC at 2:30.
For more information, contact Craig Brooks at (903) 670-2222.