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[ Media Contact: TPWD News, news@tpwd.texas.gov, 512-389-8030 ]
Aug. 29, 2012
40 New State Game Wardens Heading to the Field
AUSTIN - Forty new state game wardens soon will be taking to the field following their completion of seven months of training at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Game Warden Training Center in Hamilton County.
Members of the 57th Game Warden class graduated in ceremonies at 9 a.m. Wednesday in the House of Representatives chamber at the Capitol in Austin. Featured speaker at the event was Amando Fernandez, FBI special agent in charge of the San Antonio division.
Fernandez told the class that he keeps on the wall of his office in San Antonio a framed copy of a line from Irish philosopher Edmund Burke: "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing" and urged the new state law enforcement officers to always keep those words in mind as they proceed with their career.
The new game wardens will be reporting for duty at stations spanning the state from East Texas to El Paso. While the primary duty of state game wardens is to enforce hunting and fishing laws and water safety regulations, they are fully commissioned peace officers who also respond to natural disasters, assist other local and state law enforcement agencies as well as conducting public outreach on a variety of conservation-related topics.
"State game wardens are the primary law enforcement off the pavement in Texas," said Major Danny Shaw, director of training at the academy. "We do a lot more for the people of Texas than enforcing game and fish laws."
The new game wardens received 618 hours of instruction to meet the state- mandated training requirements for their basic peace officer certification including criminal and constitutional law; firearms; self defense; use of force; defensive driving; arrest, search and seizure; ethics, and first aid. They received another 700 to 750 hours of training related to wildlife and fisheries enforcement, the Texas Water Safety Act, wildlife and fisheries identification, public relations and communications, boat operation, ATV operation, and specialized patrol tactics. The new wardens also have become certified hunter education and boater education instructors.
The 40 new wardens will bring TPWD's Law Enforcement Division to its authorized strength of 532 game wardens, a group of men and women who are carrying on a tradition of service to Texas that dates back to 1895.
These are the new game wardens, their home town, and the counties in which they will be stationed:
--Kyle D. Allison - Plano, Texas - Zapata County
--Abraham Amaya III - San Benito, Texas - Zapata County
--Jonathan Balderas - San Antonio, Texas - Webb County
--Carter A. Ball III - Buchanan Dam, Texas - Midland County
--Mark A. Bane - Temple, Texas - Harris County
--John T. Compton - Buda, Texas - Menard County
--Eric B. Cooper - New Braunfels, Texas - San Saba County
--Roque Corona Jr. - Edinburg, Texas - Hudspeth County
--Jacob C. Crumpton - Midlothian, Texas - Concho County
--Daylan R. Damron - College Station, Texas - Orange County
--Dustin L. Dockery - Baytown, Texas - Smith County
--Bryan C. Dulock II - Bruceville, Texas - Zapata County
--James M. Ferguson - Axtell, Texas - San Augustine County
--Noe Gonzales Jr. - Brazoria, Texas - McMullen County
--Jonathan D. Griffin - Georgetown, Texas - Terrell County
--James L. Hall - Katy, Texas - San Augustine County
--Allison R. Hatten - Temple, Texas - Val Verde County
--Colby A. Hensz - Harlingen, Texas - Zapata County
--David L. Hopkins - San Angelo, Texas - Mitchell County
--Trent W. Marker - Round Rock, Texas - Limestone County
--Ryan P. McGinley - New Braunfels, Texas - Starr County
--Natali Mejia - San Benito, Texas - Travis County
--Raynor A. Milloway - Copperas Cove, Texas - Throckmorton County
--Carmen L. Perez - Corpus Christi, Texas - Cameron County
--Arnold Pinales Jr. - Brackettville, Texas - Terrell County
--Christopher D. Pope - Dickinson, Texas - Chambers County
--Bryan C. Reed - Corpus Christi, Texas - Austin HQ/Pilot
--Michael S. Robertson - Nacogdoches, Texas - Harrison County
--Cane C. Schumaker - Irving, Texas - Dickens/Kent County
--Ross Sidman - Seabrook, Texas - Harris County
--Jason A. Sims - Hobbs, New Mexico - Hockley/Yoakum/Terry County
--James N. Skeen - White Oak, Texas - Shelby County
--Michael L. Stephens - Copperas Cove, Texas - Dallas County
--Tyler S. Stoikes - Bastrop, Texas - Val Verde County
--Aaron P. Summers - Sugar Land, Texas - Zapata County
--Patrick R. True - San Antonio, Texas - Duval County
--Charles E. Tweedle Jr. - Meridian, Texas - Deaf Smith/Castro/Parmer County
--Hendrik R. Volschenk - Springfield, Missouri - Harris County
--Eric W. Wilmarth - Warrensburg, Missouri - Presidio County
--Tyler W. Zaruba - Austin, Texas - Kimble County
On the Net:
How to be a Game Warden in 6 Easy Months: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URG-LS5C-Qc&feature=related

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[ Media Contact: TPWD News, news@tpwd.texas.gov, 512-389-8030 ] [TH]
Aug. 29, 2012
Covering Texas Conservation History -- Resources for News Media
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has posted on its website a trove of historic photos, magazine articles, and research reports that yield a fascinating look at hunting, fishing and fish and wildlife conservation in the early to mid-1900s. For those willing to look back, these show how things have changed, but also how many of the same pressing issues are still with us today.
On the department's web home page, click the little News link in the middle of the page. Then on the left click News Roundups, then select the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration link. Here'll you find a narrative story or news release at the top, followed by links to historic photos and documents.
All this material was posted to help writers cover the 75th Anniversary of WSFR in 2013. This vital federal funding source has paid for almost every important conservation achievement in Texas, starting in 1937, when Congress passed the Pittman-Robertson Federal Aid to Wildlife Restoration Act. The law levies an 11 percent excise tax on rifles, shotguns, ammunition and archery equipment and a 10 percent tax on handguns. In 1950, Congress passed the Dingell-Johnson Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act, mandating a similar excise tax on fishing rods and related equipment.
On the News Roundup web page, note the 1940s and 50s articles from Texas Fish and Game Magazine, precursor to today's Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine. Stories here about pronghorn, quail and Black Gap Wildlife Management Area reflect the earliest use of federal aid dollars in Texas.
Below the magazine articles, you'll see wildlife restoration reports. Files like "1938-1953 Wildlife Restoration Spending By Species" reveal how Texas first used what was then a brand new federal funding source. The file "1945-1953 WMA Land Acquisitions" shows early use of WSFR dollars to buy land to create WMAs, which provide settings for wildlife research, hunting, birding and the like.
The News Images link offers photos of Sierra Diablo, Texas' first WMA, plus images showing early pronghorn and deer restoration work and other topics.
These online resources are the tip of the iceberg. At TPWD headquarters, we've assembled more than 2,000 pages of historic reports from the Texas State Archives. The Wildlife Division also has cabinets full of early reports, some featuring original 8"x10" black and white photos, maps and charts.
Look through this, and you'll find people who did the early spade work to bring back fish and game in our state, some of whom have been called conservation heroes. One example is Dan Lay, one of the earliest Wildlife Restoration Program leaders in Texas, author of two magazine articles mentioned above, and of the award-winning book Land of Bears and Honey. (See the Texas Legacy Project entry about Dan at http://www.texaslegacy.org/bb/narrators/laydan.html).
For help with any of this, feel free to contact Mike Cox, mike.cox@tpwd.texas.gov, or (512) 389-8046 or Tom Harvey, tom.harvey@tpwd.texas.gov, (512) 389-4453. They encourage you to find a way to cover the 75th Anniversary of WSFR this fall, to shed light on our past, and to make sure current generations understand the role of hunters, anglers and boaters in keeping our outdoor heritage alive.
On the Net:
News Roundup: http://tpwd.texas.gov/newsmedia/releases/news_roundup/wildlife_and_sport_fish_restoration/