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[ Media Contact: TPWD News, news@tpwd.texas.gov, 512-389-8030 ]
March 1, 2017
Stephen F. Austin State Park Reopens After Almost a Year of Flood Repairs
SAN FELIPE-- After almost a year of repairs from the flooding last Memorial Day, Stephen F. Austin State Park is reopening its gates to visitors March 1.
Last Memorial Day, the park was under almost 7 feet of water after torrential rain hit the area. Most of the park's facilities were under water including the park store, cabins, screened shelters, the Bullinger Creek Group dining hall, Bullinger Creek Lodge and nature center.
After months of clean up by park staff and volunteers, the park is opening their doors once again to visitors.
"Our staff has been working very closely with the community since last summer to rebuild the park and bring it back to the people of Austin County," said Martha Garcia, park superintendent at Stephen F. Austin State Park. "The park positively impacts our community due to its location off IH-10, so it was very important to us to reopen and get back to business."
Although some areas are still closed, the majority of the park is open for guests to enjoy - including the large overnight group shelter. The three areas still marked as closed include the Bullinger Creek Group dining hall, Bullinger Creek Lodge and nature center.
"We are looking forward to having park visitors spend some time at the park," said Garcia. "There are still great times to be had at Stephen F. Austin State Park and we can't wait to see everyone again soon."
The park will begin taking reservations after March 1. To reserve a campsite, visit the Texas State Parks reservation page on the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department website.
For more information about Stephen F. Austin State Park, visit the park's webpage.
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March 1, 2017
TPWD Closing Oyster Harvest in Mesquite Bay and Aransas Bay
AUSTIN - The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is closing TX-28, TX-29 and TX-30 in Mesquite Bay and Aransas Bay to commercial and recreational oyster harvest on Saturday, March 4, 2017.
This closing is based on samples collected in February 2017 by TPWD in response to concerns expressed by the oyster industry.
Chapter 76, Parks and Wildlife Code, and the Oyster Management Proclamation, Section 58.21(c)(1), provide for the emergency closure of an area to oyster harvesting when it can be shown that the area is being overworked or damaged.
TPWD and the Oyster Advisory Workgroup, a group of Texas commercial oyster fishermen and dealers, have established criteria based on the abundance of market-sized oysters (greater than 3 inches) and the percentage of small oysters (2-2.9 inches) for determining when an area should be closed.
"This closure is designed to provide some protection to undersize oysters so they can reach legal sizes. The area will be closely monitored by TPWD and will reopen when criteria thresholds are met," says TPWD's Coastal Fisheries Deputy Division Director Lance Robinson.
Maps showing these areas can be found on the Department of State Health Services web site.
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