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[ Media Contact: TPWD News, news@tpwd.texas.gov, 512-389-8030 ]
[ Additional Contacts: Chris Holm, 210-688-9055, x290, chris.holm@tpwd.texas.gov ]
Sept. 5, 2012
Government Canyon State Natural Area to Open Campground
SAN ANTONIO - Texans looking to experience the beauty and adventure of the Texas Hill Country will find greater opportunity to enjoy the outdoors by camping out at Government Canyon State Natural Area in west Bexar County, beginning this fall.
For the first time since it opened in 2005, Government Canyon State Natural Area will allow overnight camping in its front country, walk-in tent campground beginning Friday, Oct. 5.
Nature enthusiasts, scouting groups and families will be able to enjoy an evening of star-gazing, learning about nature during evening ranger programs and telling stories around a campfire (unless the site is under a burn ban).
"We are excited about opening camping for the citizens of San Antonio and beyond," says Chris Holm, Government Canyon's superintendent. "Despite the many budget and staffing challenges we faced and are still facing, we moved forward with campground development by constructing two host sites for campground volunteers, who can help run the campground. Those host sites are slated to be completed by the end of this year but we wanted our visitors to be able to take advantage of the wonderful fall weather that this area offers."
The campground will be open Friday and Saturday nights only, and will offer 23 walk-in campsites and 2 walk-in group campsites for tent campers only. Vehicle parking spaces will be located nearby, with pedestrian trails leading to each site. Water faucets and two self-composting toilets will be centrally located throughout the campground. Campsites will cost $18 per night, plus the standard per-person entrance fee of $6 (entrance fee waived with valid Texas State Parks Pass).
Holm says the campground will offer a unique and more rustic camping experience for our visitors and blends perfectly with the mission and purpose of our State Natural Area. "Having this type of primitive campground in such close proximity to a major metropolitan area is a real treasure," he says.
For further information, including campground maps and campsite photographs, visit the Government Canyon page on the Texas Parks and Wildlife website: http://tpwd.texas.gov/spdest/findadest/parks/government_canyon/. To reserve a campsite visit http://tpwd.texas.gov/business/park_reservations/.
On the Net:
Campground map: http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/government-canyon/campground-map/
Trail map: http://tpwd.texas.gov/publications/pwdpubs/media/park_maps/pwd_mp_p4505_165c.pdf
Interpretive guide: http://tpwd.texas.gov/publications/pwdpubs/media/pwd_br_p4505_0165a.pdf

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Sept. 5, 2012
Wildlife Officials Considering New Deer Movement Rules in Response to CWD
AUSTIN - State wildlife officials say more deliberation is needed before new rules are adopted governing Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's regulatory response to the detection of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in Texas. Consideration of proposed rules restricting deer movement in the CWD affected area of far West Texas will be delayed until the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission's November meeting.
"Because this is a very dynamic process involving a complex disease, our approach to proposed rules regarding unnatural deer movement is one of caution," said Mitch Lockwood, TPWD big game program director. "The consensus among our CWD task force is that additional measures need consideration beyond what we originally proposed."
Proposed rules being considered would limit permitted deer movement into or from areas in which CWD has been discovered as well as areas for which there is a moderate to high probability that the disease exists undetected.
In addition to permitted movement restrictions, officials will be collecting samples from hunter harvested mule deer for CWD testing. All mule deer harvested in the CWD Containment Zone of El Paso, Hudspeth, and Culberson counties during the upcoming mule deer season, Nov. 23-Dec. 9 will be inspected by officials at mandatory hunter check stations and tested for CWD. Mandatory check stations will be set up at the Van Horn Convention Center and at Mae's Café in Cornudas.
Also, hunters in the surrounding High Risk Zone are encouraged to submit their harvested deer for CWD testing at voluntary check stations in Bakersfield, Midland, Alpine and Sanderson, scheduled to be open during all three weekends of the general mule deer season.
TPWD plans to post all test results on the agency's website as soon as results are received from Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory.
Additional information, including maps of the Containment and High Risk Zones, check station locations and other details will be made available on the TPWD website prior to the mule deer season.