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[ Media Contact: TPWD News, news@tpwd.texas.gov, 512-389-8030 ]
[ Additional Contacts: Rob McCorkle, TPWD, (830) 866-3533 or robert.mccorkle@tpwd.state.tx.us
Stephanie Salinas, TPWD, (512) 389-8756 or stephanie.salinas@tpwd.texas.gov ]
June 3, 2014
Fishing for Fun at a Texas State Park
AUSTIN - With the weather warming up, many families can head to a local state park and reel in some fun summer memories.
More than 70 Texas state parks with fishable waters make finding a place to fish in Texas easier than ever. Any angler can fish inside of a state park without a fishing license. Parks offer various places to fish, including fresh or saltwater fishing from shore, pier or boat.
If you're new to fishing or want to introduce your children to a new way to enjoy the outdoors, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department offers fishing lessons through its Go Fish! program. This free workshop teaches the basics of angling and offers an overview of the different types of fishing equipment available. For upcoming Go Fish! events, visit the program's calendar page.
TPWD brings fishing close to home by stocking channel catfish in local parks and ponds through its Neighborhood Fishin' program throughout the summer. During winter months, rainbow trout are stocked in select freshwater lake and rivers where colder waters can sustain them.. TPWD partners with local governments in 10 Texas cities to stock game fish about every two weeks in small neighborhood lakes. To learn more about the Neighborhood Fishin' program and where to go fish, visit: www.neighborhoodfishin.org. Remember, if you're 17 or older, you need a Texas fishing license to fish in lakes and ponds outside of Texas state parks.
Some state parks offer a "test drive" for fishing by offering loaner equipment. Find one of 30 state parks and other sites nearby that loan rods, reels and fishing tackle for visitors to use for free for up to seven days. To locate a park that loans equipment, visit the Tackle Loaner program page.
http://tpwd.texas.gov/learning/angler_education/tackloan.phtmlThroughout the year, two fishing-centric TPWD facilities - Sea Center Texas in Lake Jackson and the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens - celebrate fishing and support Texas fisheries. Both fishing centers host occasional catch-and-release fishing events, and offer year-round tours of their nature centers, hatcheries and wetlands areas.
For a complete list of summer fishing derbies and events, workshops and other fishing-related activities, visit: www.texasstateparks.org/fishing.
To view a Video News Release about how to get started fishing, visit: http://youtu.be/CBIornYLod0
For a high resolution download of the video news release on the TPWD site, click on the link: http://tpwd.texas.gov/files/video/
Access news images, videos, regional content, social media posts, radio episodes, public service announcements and an Outdoor Activity of the Month topic calendar at: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/c9dl81fs13v64hw/AAA7grf2Ys4XcMT6XwEZJRWqa

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June 3, 2014
Longhorns from Official State Herd Now Residing at LBJ State Park
STONEWALL - Consider the nation's last president "of the land," Lyndon B. Johnson revered his Texas Hill Country roots, its people, plants and animals. Visitors to Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site this summer can share the late president's love of one of Texas' most enduring icons by viewing eight steer from the Official Texas Longhorn Herd.
Park Superintendent Iris Neffendorf says the new additions to the approximately 700-acre park, which is located between Fredericksburg and Johnson City, came from the 100-plus head kept at San Angelo State Park.
"LBJ didn't raise longhorns, although he kept a sizable herd of Herefords at the LBJ Ranch that sits just across the Pedernales River from the state park," Neffendorf says. "LBJ helped the park when it opened in many ways and encouraged the inclusion of longhorns, bison and other indigenous wildlife in game pens for visitors to see."
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has auctioned off LBJ State Park's few resident longhorns of mixed lineage and replaced them with eight young steers hailing from descendants of the pure longhorn line preserved in the 1940s by Texas oilman Sid Richardson and Texas writer and historian Frank Dobie. Today's Official Texas Longhorn Herd totals 205 head pastured at Fort Griffin State Historic Site and Copper Breaks, LBJ, Palo Duro and San Angelo state parks.
Plans are in the works at LBJ State Park to develop interpretive programs focused on the Official Texas Longhorn Herd and update longhorn signage/kiosks by the small game pen inside the park. Upcoming park events include Free Fishing Day on June 7 and celebration of LBJ's 106th Birthday on Aug. 27.
The park's Visitors Center Park visitors include several exhibits pertaining to Texas' ranching heritage, including one that explains how LBJ's grandfather drove 7,000 longhorns up the Chisholm Trail to Abilene, Kan. prior to the turn of the 20th century. The late president's Stetson hat, saddle and boots, as well as information about LBJ's love of the land and ranching, are on display.
The state park includes a nature trail, the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm that interprets early Texas-German farm life, the Visitors Center, swimming pool, a gift shop and 1840s Danz log cabin and dog-trot style Behrens cabins. The park also serves as a starting point for self-guided tours of the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park just across the Pedernales River that includes the LBJ Ranch, Texas White House, the school house LBJ attended as a child, and the cemetery where LBJ, Lady Bird and other Johnson Family descendants are buried.
For more information about the longhorns and LBJ State Park & Historic Site, call (830) 644-2252 or visit: http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/lyndon-b-johnson.

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June 3, 2014
Texas Parks & Wildlife Launches First New Conservation License Plate in a Decade
AUSTIN-- For the first time in a decade, motorists can help support Texas State Parks by purchasing a new conservation license plate design that pays homage to generations of campers who have stayed overnight in Texas State Parks.
"The new plate depicts a camping scene of a tent under a starry sky with a campfire in the foreground, evoking memories of fun times in parks with family and friends," said Brent Leisure, TPWD State Parks Division director.
"Conservation license plates represent a great way for outdoor enthusiasts to support their state park system," said Leisure. "The proceeds generated through the sales of both the camping and bluebonnet plate help to provide funds necessary for the stewardship, maintenance and visitor services that all Texans have come to expect in their state parks."
In a competition to select a plate topic, the camping design received more than 6,000 votes through an online survey of Facebook followers and state park newsletter subscribers in 2013. Statistics show that camping is a very popular activity that park visitors enjoy.
Last year, Texas State Parks recorded more than 2.3 million overnight visits. Some of the most popular parks for camping include Garner State Park, Inks Lake State Park, Cedar Hill State Park, Huntsville State Park and Brazos Bend State Park.
TPWD first launched its conservation license plates initiative in 2000. The new camping plate design will join the four other available plates: the horned lizard (benefitting wildlife diversity); white-tailed deer (benefitting big game management); large-mouth bass (benefitting bass fishing); and the bluebonnet (benefitting state parks).
The new plate will sell for $30, with $22 directly benefitting Texas State Parks. This annual fee is in addition to the regular registration cost.
Since its debut 14 years ago, the Conservation License Plate Program has generated more than $6.7 million to support state parks, outdoor recreation and conservation projects in Texas. Some of the projects funded by the license plate proceeds include community outreach programs, wildlife surveys, fishing programs, and habitat restoration. For examples of specific projects that have benefitted from the license plate program, visit http://conservationplate.org/projects.phtml
Contrary to what people may think, you do not have to wait for your vehicle registration notice to arrive before you can order a new plate. To buy the new camping license plate or one of the other four designs available, visit www.conservationplate.org or a county tax assessor-collector's office. Your plate will be ready in about two weeks. Plates ordered online will be shipped to the purchaser's nearest local county tax office for pick up. If ordered at a local county tax office, it will be mailed to your home.
All conservation plates are available for cars, trucks, motorcycles, trailers and RV's around the state.