TPWD News Digest for July 7-July 14, 2016
TPWD News Digest for July 7-July 14, 2016
New Texas Drawn Hunt Opportunities Available — First Application Deadline Aug. 3
AUSTIN – Hunters can start making plans for the upcoming seasons now by applying for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Drawn Hunts. The online system is currently accepting applications and the first hunt category deadline is less than a month away.
The Gulf of Mexico commercial shrimp season for both state and federal waters will open 30 minutes after sunset Friday, July 15. The opening date is based on an evaluation of the biological, social and economic information to maximize the benefits to the industry and the public.
Texas War on Aquatic Invasive Species Advances – New Web Pages Track Control Efforts
AUSTIN – Using record funding allocated last year by the Texas Legislature to fight aquatic invasive species, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and its partners are treating thousands of acres of lake-smothering giant salvinia and water hyacinth, forging partnerships with hundreds of riverside landowners to treat Arundo and saltcedar, and launching a multi-faceted public awareness campaign to slow the spread of zebra mussels, giant salvinia, and numerous other aquatic invasive species. These are but a few of the nearly 40 projects now underway statewide supported through a comprehensive effort to combat aquatic invasive species. The new Fighting Aquatic Invaders web pages will track progress of these projects, which address three major strategies: (1) Outreach and Prevention, (2) Research and Development, and (3) Aquatic Invasive Plant Management. To learn more and stay connected, check the web pages for project updates, monthly articles and photos.
Philanthropic Grants Enhance State Parks across Texas
Thanks to a competitive grant opportunity made possible by funding from the Meta Alice Keith Bratten Foundation, 17 state parks across Texas will soon be providing enhanced visitor experiences or improved habitat to benefit wildlife. Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation matched the funding, providing more than $52,000 for projects across the state. The winning grants will fund efforts ranging from a monarch butterfly project at Brazos Bend State Park, to restoring a Civilian Conservation Corps pavilion at Garner State Park, to a shower for sand removal at Monahans Sandhills State Park. All the projects are aimed at providing a higher quality visit for state park visitors. Engaging volunteer labor to provide a match for the requested funds is one criteria of the competitive grant. See the news release here tpwf.org/media/press-releases
Texas Master Naturalist Training Classes Available
Eighteen chapters of the Texas Master Naturalist program are scheduling training classes this fall and winter for volunteers wanting to learn about natural resource and conservation management. The Texas Master Naturalist program has 46 chapters across the state and aims to develop a corps of well-informed citizen volunteers to educate their communities about the management of natural resources. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service co-sponsor the Texas Master Naturalist Program. More information about the Texas Master Naturalist program, including a schedule of upcoming training classes, is available at: http://www.txmn.org . Highlights of chapter’s projects, statewide initiatives and program achievements can also be found on the Texas Master Naturalist Programs Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/
Social Media Highlights
- Twitter: On our next PBS show we tag along on a special gator hunt in southeast Texas: http://bit.ly/MustSeeTxTV
- Facebook: Looks what’s popping up at some Texas state parks. Enjoy the game! (Remember to stick to the trails and be respectful of other visitors.) #Pokemon
- Twitter: Double #rainbows at Monahans Sandhills and Big Bend Ranch after storms last week!
- Facebook: Teamwork is a key to success. In this short video clip, see how our Texas Game Wardens including our Marine Tactical Operations Group found three suspected night shrimpers. Cases pending; resources returned to the bay.
- Twitter: A moment of silence today at headquarters. We extend our hearts and condolences to @DallasPD, @DARTmedia & Dallas.