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[ Media Contact: Tom Harvey, 512-389-4453, tom.harvey@tpwd.texas.gov ] [TH]
Feb. 20, 2006
Input Sought on Land Transfers Near Brownwood, Weslaco
AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is seeking public input on two proposed land transfers involving Lake Brownwood State Park near Brownwood and the World Birding Center at Estero Llano Grande State Park near Weslaco.
At 7 p.m. on March 8 near Brownwood, a public meeting will be held concerning the proposed transfer of property within Lake Brownwood State Park that is currently used as Camp Wood Lake by the Heart of Texas Council of the Girl Scouts.
The proposal would transfer approximately 47 acres within Lake Brownwood State Park to the Brown County Water Improvement District. This 47-acre property has been leased by TPWD to the Girl Scouts-Heart of Texas Council, Inc. since 1954 as a camp for education and outdoor experience.
The transfer would release the department from responsibility on property used and controlled by another entity. The meeting will take place at the Group Recreation Hall at Lake Brownwood State Park. The public and concerned citizens are invited to attend and will have the opportunity to voice their opinions.
Questions can be directed to Laird Fowler, state parks regional director in Lubbock, at (806) 761-4951.
At 7 p.m. on March 9 in Weslaco, a public meeting will be held at the Best Western Conference Room at 415 S. International Blvd. The City of Weslaco has purchased Lakeview Park in Hidalgo County, adjacent to Estero Llano Grande State Park and intends to transfer unoccupied areas of the property to TPWD as part of Weslaco's match for development of the World Birding Center in Weslaco. Questions may be directed to Martha Martinez, Estero Llano Grande State Park superintendent, (956) 565-3919.
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[ Media Contact: Aaron Reed, 512-389-8046 ] [AR]
Feb. 20, 2006
Applications Being Taken for Game Warden Academy
AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is taking applications for a game warden cadet class scheduled to start October 2006. Applications will be available starting March 1, 2006 and will be accepted through April 14, 2006.
Twenty-five cadets will be accepted in the 52nd Game Warden Academy, which will begin its seven-month training October 2006. More than 700 people applied for the 40 positions in the previous cadet class that graduated in July 2005.
Game warden recruiters say they are particularly interested in receiving applications from persons who are bilingual in Spanish and English. Bilingual game wardens receive additional pay of $50 per month.
Applicants must be 21 years old on or before October 2006 and have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. The degree requirement must be met prior to June 1, 2006.
To be accepted, applicants must meet the minimum eligibility requirements and successfully complete a regional interview, an extensive background investigation, and a physical agility test held in Austin. Applicants must successfully complete each step before advancing to the next step.
After graduation, the new game wardens will be assigned to vacant stations throughout Texas with the responsibility of protecting the state's natural resources. Game wardens also protect lives by enforcing the Water Safety Act and conducting standard peace officer duties.
Applications and more information on requirements and compensation may be obtained on the TPWD Web site or from TPWD Law Enforcement offices.
For additional information contact Game Warden Recruiter Royce Wells at 1-877-229-2733.
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On the Net:
TPWD Game Warden Information: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/warden/
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[ Media Contact: Tom Harvey, 512-389-4453, tom.harvey@tpwd.texas.gov ] [TH]
Feb. 20, 2006
New Marker Recalls 1889 Railroad Near State Park Trailway
MINERAL WELLS, Texas -- A new state historical marker near Lake Mineral Wells State Park and Trailway will commemorate the history of the Weatherford, Mineral Wells and Northwestern railroad line that opened Mineral Wells and surrounding areas to the world.
The marker will be dedicated in a ceremony at 1 p.m., Saturday, March 18, in western Parker County five miles east of Mineral Wells and 13 miles west of Weatherford on the south side of Highway 180.
The marker location is very near one of the early train's most important stops, the Rock Creek Coal Mines, located near Maddox Road and the Lake Mineral Wells State Trailway bridge about one mile east of the Mineral Wells city limits.
The historical marker was the inspiration of Jean D. Baker of Weatherford. Baker, 85, researched and submitted a history of the railroad to the Texas Historical Commission for the marker in honor of his father, Perry Baker, who served for 32 years on the railroad as section chief. The Texas Department of Transportation is creating and placing a highway sign for the historical marker.
The railroad was established in 1889 to connect Mineral Wells and areas to the northwest with the Texas and Pacific Railroad Line in Weatherford. The railroad provided freight exports of agriculture, coal and brick from this area while bringing thousands of health-seekers to Mineral Wells for the curative waters.
The old railroad corridor is now preserved as the Lake Mineral Wells State Trailway, a recreational hike, bike and equestrian trail. When the railroad operations ceased in 1991, the corridor was converted to a trail as part of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy.
Lake Mineral Wells State Park and Trailway is operated by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The park is open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days per week year-round. Daily entrance fees are $5 per adult over age 12. For more information, see the park Web site or phone the park at (940) 328-1171.
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On the Net:
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/lake_mineral_wells/
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