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[ Media Contact: TPWD News, news@tpwd.texas.gov, 512-389-8030 ]
May 26, 2011
Temple Ranch Given 2011 Texas Leopold Conservation Award
AUSTIN -- A couple with East Texas roots - Arthur "Buddy" Temple and his wife Ellen - have been presented the 2011 Leopold Conservation Award for Texas for their transformation of an over-grazed, over-hunted South Texas ranch into a haven for wildlife and valuable research venue.
The prestigious recognition is conferred each year by Sand County Foundation and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department as part of its Lone Star Land Steward Awards program.
"Buddy and Ellen Temple have a longstanding, deep, and proud history of wildlife conservation, and they have the benefit of ranch managers who are well known for their innovation, motivation, and stewardship ethic," said Carter Smith, TPWD executive director. "I believe that their actions and circle of influence will loom large over South Texas as other landowners seek to emulate their successes. They deserve the highest praise and recognition for their leadership and inexorable commitment to a private lands conservation ethic."
The Temples received a $10,000 check along with a crystal trophy at the annual Lone Star Land Steward Awards banquet in Austin on May 25.
The TPWD Land Steward program is partnered with Sand County Foundation, an international non-profit organization devoted to private land conservation. The Leopold Conservation Award in Texas is sponsored by the Lynde and Harry Bradley Fund for the Environment, Silver Eagle Distributors, the Lee and Ramona Bass Foundation and Farm Credit.
Located 11 miles north of Freer in Duval County, the 11,300-acre ranch has been owned by the Temples for 19 years. Robert and Jenny Sanders are the ranch managers.
Originally known as El Rancho La Gloria, the ranch was founded by Edward Nixon Gray and his wife Rosa Garza-Garcia Gray in 1868. It played an important role in the development of Duval County.
The Leopold Conservation Award honors the legacy of Aldo Leopold (1887-1948), considered the father of wildlife ecology. His collection of essays, "A Sand County Almanac," remains one of the world's best-selling natural history books. Leopold's godson, Reed Coleman, formed Sand County Foundation in 1965 to protect the Leopold farm from encroaching lot development along the Wisconsin River.
"The Temple family and their ranch operators, the Sanders, took a worn out South Texas ranch and turned it into a model operation. Their work in reviving this ranch and restoring its historic ranch house and other sites is truly worthy of being honored with an award named for Aldo Leopold," said Brent Haglund, Ph.D., Sand County Foundation president.
In nominating the Temple Ranch for the award, TPWD wildlife biologist Daniel Kunz of Alice pointed to these accomplishments:
--Quail management: Through efforts such as brush management, prescribed fire (patch burning), targeted grazing, native plant restoration, invasive plant control, water distribution, spreader dams, strategic harvest and participation in CKWRI Quail Associates, the owner-operators have increased usable space, overall bird numbers, and created a better distribution of quail throughout the ranch.
--Deer management: Increased body weights and better age structure in deer found on the ranch are attributed to the owner-operator's commitment to intensive harvest management, water distribution, prescribed burning, brush management, supplemental feeding and use of level 3 managed land deer permits.
--Turkey management: Participation in the South Texas Rio Grande Turkey Project, along with riparian area protection and restoration, prescribed fire, and artificial roosts are all efforts undertaken to improve habitat, population, and understanding of habitat use of turkeys in south Texas.
--Outreach and education: Temple Ranch owner-operators have participated in the South Texas Wintering Bird Program, the Freer ISD field day, Buckskin Brigades, Texas A&M Kingsville range management classes, and Wounded Warrior hunts. The owner-operators have also created native plant demonstration areas for historical preservation and education.
--Historical preservation: Working with archeologists, the owner-operators have restored ranch structures dating from the 1840s-1860s; got an historical marker placed on the ranch and have been working with the Texas Historical Commission to get the ranch added to the National Register of Historical Places.
Sponsors for the 16th annual Lone Star Land Steward Awards include Gulf States Toyota, Sand County Foundation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Partners in Fish and Wildlife Program; Texas Wildlife Association; H. Yturria Land and Cattle Co.; Lower Colorado River Authority; USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association; Texas Agricultural Land Trust; Llano Springs Ranch, Ltd.; Bamberger Ranch Preserve, Gardner Appraisal Group, the Ly.
More information about the award, including how to nominate property owners, is on the TPWD Web site. Nominations are accepted June 1 through Nov. 30 each year for the following year's awards program.
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[ Rob McCorkle, TPWD, (830) 866-3533 or robert.mccorkle@tpwd.texas.gov; Trails Grants Contact, Andy Goldbloom, (512) 389-8128, or andy.goldbloom@tpwd.texas.gov ]
May 26, 2011
$3.31 Million in Trails Grants Awarded by TPW Commission
AUSTIN -- The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission today approved $3,318,450 million to fund 21 National Recreational Trail Grant projects in communities across the state. The commission also awarded an additional $485,000 in re-allocated trail funds to underwrite trail improvements in seven state parks and three local communities.
The seven state parks that will receive part of the recreational trails funding are Cooper Lake, Eisenhower, Huntsville, Lake Brownwood, Lake Corpus Christi, McKinney Falls and Tyler. The money will go toward renovating existing trails, making trails more accessible, and helping with layout, design and other improvements
In all, 60 eligible projects totaling more than $9 million were submitted for new trail funding. The 10-member Texas Statewide Trails Advisory Board reviewed the proposals and developed a list of recommended projects for funding based on the quality of the project, its cost effectiveness, its impact on recreational trail opportunities and geographic distribution of funds.
The National Recreational Trails Fund comes from a portion of the federal gas tax generated by the sale of gasoline for use in off-road recreational vehicles such as dirt bikes and All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs). Money from the trail fund goes toward the creation and maintenance of motorized and non-motorized recreational trails.
The Federal Highway Administration manages the fund and distributes portions of it to states based on a formula that takes into account the state's population and fuel sales for off-road vehicles. Nationwide, the program was appropriated $95 million for the current fiscal year.
The program provides 80-20 matching grants, so that in each case the grant recipient must pay for 20 percent of the total project cost. Dollar amounts shown below are 80 percent of the project cost.
List of sponsors awarded funds for new trail-construction projects, by county:
--Atacosa County - City of Poteet's Middle Camino Real Trail, $124,116 to install a 1.2-mile asphalt trail and wildlife viewing deck.
--Bexar County - Land Heritage Institute, $200,000, to build the new, 13.5-mile Los Caminos Naturales Mountain Bike and Equestrian Trail.
--Bexar County - Audubon Texas, $82,915, to build a 0.6-mile crushed aggregate trail and bridge, and install signs at the Mitchell Lake Audubon Center.
--Burnet County - City of Granite Shoals, $73,120, to construct a 2.1-mile crushed granite hike-and-bike trail.
--Childress County - City of Childress, $244,457, to make improvements to the city's ATV & Moto Park, including the purchase of a track loader, fencing and lighting, and building comfort stations, a pole barn and dump station.
--Crockett - Texas Motorized Trail Coalition, $552,440, for the Escondido Draw OHV Area, including erosion control and utilities improvements, and the addition of storage buildings, restrooms and signs.
--Fort Bend - City of Sugar Land, $144,443, to build a new half-mile crushed granite trail and parking lot and install a water fountain and benches.
--Harris - Greater Houston Off-Road Bicycle Association, $36,120, to improve various mountain bike trails in Houston parks.
--Johnson - City of Cleburne, $182,642, to build the new 3.5-mile Byron Stewart Trail of concrete and natural materials, and install culverts.
--Lamar - Lamar County, $200,000, to construct a 3.18-mile extension of the Prairieland Recreational Trail and install bollards, bridges and signs.
--Lamar - City of Paris, $200,000, to build a 0.8-mile asphalt extension to the Central Paris Trail, and install culverts, road crossings and fencing.
--McCulloch - City of Brady, $200,000, to rebuild 1.3 miles of the flood-damaged Brady Creek Trail, bridges and parking lot.
--Midland - City of Midland, $150,000, to make improvements to Cole ATV Park, including building a restroom and parking area, and erecting fencing and signs.
--Nacogdoches - City of Nacogdoches, $167,101, to build the new 1.8-mile stabilized soil extension of Lanana Creek Trail, and add benches and a trail head.
--Polk - City of Onalaska, $23,500, to build the new half-mile Caney Creek Trail and bridge, and install benches, overlooks and signs.
--Smith - East Tyler Communities Foundation, $84,600, to construct the six-mile Faulkner Nature & Mountain Bike Trail, do a resource assessment and install culverts.
--Travis - Austin Parks Foundation, $14,623, to build the 0.15-mile crushed granite Montopolis Tributary Trail, and install benches, a picnic table and signs.
--Upshur - Texas Motorized Trail Coalition, $151,653, to make improvements to the Barnwell OHV Area, including erosion control and utilities upgrades, and the addition of storage buildings, restrooms and signs.
--Waller - Katie Prairie Conservancy, $200,000, to add a new 1.4-mile crushed granite and boardwalk extension to the Indiangrass Preserve Trail System, and install signs.
--Williamson - City of Georgetown, $200,000, to build the new concrete, 1.1-mile Georgetown Trail.
--Wise - City of Bridgeport, $87,079, to renovate existing trails and add fencing to the Northwest OHV Park and to purchase hand tools and a rescue vehicle.
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