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[ Media Contact: TPWD News, news@tpwd.texas.gov, 512-389-8030 ]
May 25, 2017
Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission Awards $3.46 Million in Recreational Trail Grants to Texas Communities
AUSTIN-- The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission today approved $3.46 million dollars in grants to help enhance 22 motorized and non-motorized recreational trail-related projects across the state.
The National Recreational Trails Fund (NRTF) funds recreational trail construction, renovation and acquisition. The grants are funded from a portion of the federal gas tax generated by gasoline purchases for off-road motorcycles and four-wheelers. Thirty percent of the total NRTF grants must be earmarked for motorized recreational trails, while another 30 percent must be spent on non-motorized trail projects. The remaining 40 percent is discretionary.
The motorized trail projects awarded funding are listed in alphabetical order by county below:
The Texas Motorized Trails Coalition in Crockett County received $394,991 to fund improvements to the Escondido Draw Recreation Area. The grant will fund the renovation of 88 miles of off highway vehicle trails with erosion controls, signage, trail maintenance equipment, picnic tables, benches, trash receptacles, a pavilion, parking area, entrance kiosk and fencing.
The Austin Ridge Riders in Travis County received $15,000 for improvements to city park trails. The funds will go toward the renovation of 7.56 miles of motorized, multi-use trails, signs and hand tools.
The Texas Motorized Trails Coalition in Upshur County received $198,000 to fund improvements to the Barnwell Mountain Recreation Center. The grant will fund the renovation of 10 miles of off highway vehicle trails, the construction of 5 new miles of off highway vehicle trails with erosion controls, the installation of vault toilets and helipads.
The non-motorized trail projects awarded funding are listed in alphabetical order by county below:
The city of Bryan in Brazos County received $104,500 toward the Bryan Camelot Park project. The grant will fund a new concrete trail, ADA accessible ramps and parking, a bridge, stairs and a retaining wall.
The city of Los Fresnos in Cameron County received $200,000 to go toward the Los Fresnos Hike and Bike Trail project. The grant will fund a 1.09 mile long concrete trail, pedestrian signals and a bridge.
The Greenbelt Alliance of Denton County in Denton County received $106,408.26 toward the Lake Ray Roberts Equestrian Trail and Trailhead Improvements Project. The grant will go toward the renovation of 9.5 miles of existing trail, horse corrals, hitching rails, two utility task vehicles (UTV), a UTV trailer, two chainsaws, two pole saws and training.
The city of San Elizario in El Paso County received $184,395 toward the San Elizario Circuit Trail Phase 1 project. The grant will go towards a new .66 mile aggregate surface hike and bike trail, road crossings, benches, trash receptacles, bollards, signage, interpretation kiosks and fencing.
The Fort Bend County MUD No.23 in Fort Bend County received $200,000 to fund the FBCMUD 23 Hike and Bike Trails project. The grant will go towards a 1.1 mile concrete trail, benches and bike racks.
The Houston Audubon Society in Galveston County received $63,850 to fund improvements to the Horseshoe Marsh Nature Trail project. The grant will fund a one mile pedestrian trail that will include a boardwalk, observation decks, fencing and a parking lot expansion.
The city of Hale Center in Hale County received $84,091 to fund the Caudle Lake Nature Trail project. The grant will go towards the creation of a .57 mile asphalt trail, culverts, bridges, benches, trees and signage.
The Exploration Green Conservancy in Harris County received $200,000 to go toward the Exploration Green Trail project. The grant will fund a 1.1 mile long, ten foot wide concrete multi-use trail.
The Houston Arboretum and Nature Center in Harris County received $200,000 toward the Houston Arboretum Boardwalk and Trail Enhancement project. The grant will go toward the creation of new boardwalk and the renovation of existing boardwalk.
The Chaparral Rails to Trails, Inc. in Hunt County received $200,000 to fund improvements to the Chaparral Rails to Trails Merit to Celeste project. The grant will go toward an eight mile rail trail, bollards, culverts and handrails. The trails are proposed to be multi-use and will include areas for equestrians.
The city of Carthage in Panola County received $200,000 to fund its Carthage City Trail project. The grant will toward a new .75 mile concrete and decomposed granite trail, shade shelter, water fountain, signs, bridges and culverts.
The Bureau of Land Management in Potter County received $42,860 toward the Cross Bar Management Area Multi Use Trails project. The grant will fund 7.55 miles of new trail, as well as the purchase of mini skid steer equipment, hand tools, signs and a trailhead kiosk.
The Friends of the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge in Tarrant County received $200,000 to fund the Greer Island Hub project. The grant will go toward a .19 mile crushed limestone trail, a new parking lot, composting toilet, trailhead kiosk, signage and levee stabilization.
Tom Green County received $199,119 to fund improvements to the Pugh Park-Christoval Trail project. The grant will fund the renovation of an existing 2.6 miles of trails, as well as the construction of a new .4 mile stabilized decomposed granite trail with picnic tables, drinking fountains, benches and signage.
The Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference (TTAT) in Travis County received $20,000 to fund the TTAT Conference sponsored by Bike Texas. The grant will provide partial funding of the Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference in March 2018.
Travis County received $200,000 to fund improvements to the Arkansas Bend Recreational Trail project. The grant will fund a new three mile crushed aggregate trail with interpretive and directional signage.
The Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center in Travis County received $47,001 toward the expansion of the Uplands Trail System. The grant will fund a new .10 mile accessible stabilized decomposed granite trail with signage, benches and fencing.
The Big Thicket Natural Heritage Trust in Tyler County received $200,000 for improvements to the Dogwood Trail Preserve Acquisition project. The grant will go toward the purchase of 35 acres of land and the renovation of .80 miles of a natural surface trail.
The city of Georgetown in Williamson County received $200,000 toward the San Gabriel Trail project. The grant will fund a .44 mile concrete trail, bridges, fencing, signage and a drinking fountain.
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May 25, 2017
TPW Commission Recognizes TPWD Staff and Partners
AUSTIN-- A Chambers County game warden, the Fort Boggy State Park superintendent and Whole Earth Provision Company were recognized during the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission meeting held Thursday morning in Austin.
The awards were presented by partners recognizing the winners, which include the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) Texas Boating Officer of the Year, Texans for State Parks' Distinguished Park Ranger Award and a donation from the Whole Earth Provision Company.
Fort Boggy's Wesley Hamilton Presented Distinguished Ranger Award by Texans for State Parks
Wesley Hamilton, park superintendent at Fort Boggy State Park in Centerville, was recognized Thursday as the recipient of the Distinguished Ranger Award by Texans for State Parks.
Hamilton has worked at Fort Boggy for eight years and has consistently demonstrated leadership and commitment to the TPWD mission throughout his tenure. He has also created strong partnerships with the community and local "Friends" group. With his commitment and public support, Fort Boggy State Park has moved into a growth phase that included the construction of three state of the art cabins and a grand re-opening last fall.
The Friends of Fort Boggy nominated Wesley Hamilton for the award due to his dedication to keeping the park open, his leadership and vision, and for inspiring others to see the potential of Fort Boggy State Park.
Fort Boggy State Park is located right off of highway 45 halfway between Dallas and Houston.
Texans for State Parks is a Texas-wide grassroots non-profit organization that devotes its efforts to the advocacy of the Texas State Parks system, which includes state historic sites and state natural areas. Members of this organization include individuals, organizations, businesses and state parks "Friends" groups.
Chambers County Game Warden Patricia Vannoy Named NASBLA Boating Officer of the Year
Chambers County Game Warden Patricia Vannoy was recognized Thursday as the recipient of the NASBLA Boating Officer of the Year award.
Vannoy is extremely active in the community promoting boater safety in one of the most populated and busiest bay systems, Galveston Bay, in the United States and Texas. She has participated in numerous public programs promoting fish and game rules regulations, boater safety and has coordinated and executed one of the largest annual public programs in the community. The expo is attended by more than 500 community members who get the opportunity to participate and get educated on the various issues facing TPWD.
In addition to her community outreach, Vannoy was selected to join the State Forensic Reconstruction and Mapping Team (STORM). Since joining, she has worked many boat crashes, including some high profile cases that has enabled her to set the bar high for boat crash investigations in Texas.
Whole Earth Provision Company Donates $30,296 to TPWD from April Promotion Proceeds
For the sixth year in a row, the Whole Earth Provision Company has donated the proceeds from their "April is Texas State Parks Month" and Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour promotion to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. This year's donation is $30,296 bringing their six year total donation to $178,803 for Texas State Parks.
Throughout the month of April, eight Whole Earth Provision Company stores in Texas solicited donations at the checkout counters for Texas State Parks. The stores also held a special "Ask a Ranger" event in the store where park rangers came in and answered questions from shoppers in the store.
In addition to their in-store promotion, Whole Earth Provision Company named Texas State Parks as the benefactor of the two-day Banff Mountain Film Festival held at the Paramount Theater in Austin. At the event, park staff were able to speak to outdoor enthusiasts and supporters about the TPWD mission from a booth before the film.
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