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[ Media Contact: TPWD News, news@tpwd.texas.gov, 512-389-8030 ]
July 23, 2019
TPWD Performs Large-scale Feasibility Study for Wyler Aerial Tramway Project; El Paso Community Foundation Hosting Public Meeting July 24
EL PASO-- The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is performing a feasibility study geared toward determining the future of the Wyler Aerial Tramway. A public meeting hosted by the El Paso Community Foundation will be held July 24 at 6 p.m. This is an opportunity for residents of El Paso to provide input on the project in person.
"This feasibility study is a great first step toward determining the future of the only public tramway in the state of Texas," said Rodney Franklin, Director of Texas State Parks. "We are excited to use the feedback we get from the citizens of El Paso and from around the state through these public meetings and online survey."
The meeting will take place in the El Paso Community Foundation's office, 333 North Oregon St., El Paso, TX, 79901. Anyone unable to attend the meeting can still provide their input through an online survey found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AerialTramway.
"It's a piece of El Paso's identity, and a big part of our history. It was a very popular destination up until it ceased operation" said Eric Pearson, president of the El Paso Community Foundation. "Thanks to our lawmakers in Austin--especially Senator Jose Rodriguez and State Representative Lina Ortega--we now all have an opportunity to work on a new concept."
The Wyler Aerial Tramway was originally designed to provide maintenance access for television transmission towers in the Franklin Mountains until it was donated to TPWD in 1997. The department reopened it to the public in 2001 following extensive renovation.
For more information about Wyler Aerial Tramway, visit the Wyler Aerial Tramway website.
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July 23, 2019
Texas Statewide Quail Symposium Set for Aug. 14-16 in Abilene
ABILENE -- Quail enthusiasts, get ready for the return of the Texas Statewide Quail Symposium Aug. 14-16. This semi-annual conference brings together quail experts from across the state and beyond to discuss current topics of interest in quail conservation and management.
The symposium is hosted by The Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Texas Wildlife Association and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
The conference is open to the public and all quail enthusiasts are encouraged to attend, including landowners, land managers, hunters, photographers, naturalists, and students. The event begins with a field day on Aug. 14 at the MT7 Ranch in Breckenridge, where ranch manager Ty Bartoskewitz will discuss and demonstrate some of the habitat management strategies implemented on the property. There will also be opportunities there to work on plant identification skills and practice quail habitat evaluation first-hand with guidance from professionals.
The symposium proper will take place at the MCM Elegante hotel in Abilene on Aug. 15-16. Sessions will cover current outreach and education efforts, resources available to landowners, and a panel discussion on "Cows and Quail." Several hot-button issues will also be addressed including quail management on small acreages, quail predators, and strategies for restoring quail to depopulated areas. The last day will focus on the latest developments quail research. There will also be opportunities for 1-on-1 consultations with experts for help with specific problems or questions.
Notable speakers this year include Dr. Tom Dailey of the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative, Jim Willis--president and cofounder of the Wildlife Habitat Federation, and Texas Parks and Wildlife executive director Carter Smith.
More information about the event is available online or by contacting Amanda Gobeli with Texas A&M AgriLife at agobeli@tamu.edu Take advantage of discounted early registration by signing up before Aug. 7 (online or via mail-in form) for $50. Registration at the event is also available for $75. Students will enjoy further discounted rates of $20 for early registration or $50 at the door.
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