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Dec. 10, 2009
Holiday Gifts Galore for the Conservationist on Your List
AUSTIN, Texas — If you’re fresh out of holiday gift ideas for your eco-minded cousin or that relative who would rather spend his or her spare time in the woods, on the lake or at a state park, or even for yourself, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department invites you to shop the outdoors.
How about customizing your "sled" with one of TPWD’s four conservation license plates to show your affinity for wildflowers, horned lizards, largemouth bass or white-tailed deer? A portion of every $30 license plate goes to support state parks, wildlife diversity, state fishing programs and research, and wildlife management and research. Since their inception, the conservation license plates have generated more than $4 million in sales for Texas land and water conservation initiatives.
Help support TPWD conservation efforts while adding to your art collection by purchasing the 2008 collector’s edition of hunting and fishing stamps. The collection sells for $21.65 and includes six different stamps designed by noted wildlife artists.
And what self-respecting conservationist would want to be without a subscription to the state’s premier outdoors publication for more than 50 years, Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine. Go online to see special offers, including two gift subscriptions for $20 that includes choice of either a "Go Fish Texas" map or "Texas Saltwater & Freshwater Fish Pocket I.D. Guide." Teachers receive a special $9.95 annual subscription rate to foster outreach to the state’s increasingly urbanized school populations.
Other featured products this year on TPWD’s "Shop the Outdoors" Web page include "Life’s Better Outside" bumper stickers, maps of the Texas Wildlife and Great Texas Coastal Birding trails, a colorful Hummingbird Wheel featuring the 16 species documented in Texas and nine different videos of programs produced for the Texas Parks & Wildlife television show on PBS.
TPWD’s online gift shop also offers colorful posters from the past 17 Texas Wildlife Expos held each fall in Austin for only $10 each. Or for that special saltwater angler on your shopping list, pick up the "Saltwater Fishes of Texas" poster, or one of Sea Center Texas’ posters featuring a spotted sea trout or redfish. Freshwater fishing aficionados may prefer the "Freshwater Fishes of Texas" or the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center’s largemouth bass poster. All posters sell for under $20.
After shopping for everyone else on your holiday list, why not buy something special for yourself. You can purchase a Lifetime Super Combo License for $1,800 that will allow you to hunt and fish in Texas without ever having to buy another license or stamp. Lifetime licenses solely for hunting or fishing also are available for purchase. Call 1-800-792-1112, option 9, for requirements and processing time for licenses.
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