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[ General Media Contact: Business Hours, 512-389-4406 ]
[ Additional Contacts: Rob McCorkle (830) 866-3533 or robert.mccorkle@tpwd.texas.gov; Marvin Steinback (432) 358-4444 or marvin.steinback@tpwd.texas.gov ]
March 3, 2008
Help Big Bend Ranch Round-up the Longhorns
PRESIDIO, Texas -- Big Bend Ranch State Park's most popular program -- the Texas Longhorn Cattle Drive -- is on the horizon. The spring round-up of the park's Texas State Longhorn herd will be held April 3-5.
Twice a year up to 25 "city slickers" from throughout the state and around the world come to participate and experience a piece of Texas' cultural heritage. The three-day event allows one to experience life as a cowboy and lasso a lifetime of memories.
"If you're looking for a genuine taste of the wild, Western range life," says Colorado travel writer Christine Loomis, "the Big Bend Ranch State Park cattle drive is about as real as it gets."
Participants have the opportunity to see cattle in the rugged and remote pastures of the 300,000-acre ranch, learn how the herd is moved with horses and help drive the historic longhorn herd to ranch headquarters, where they can take part in branding calves, recording lineage and practicing the traditions of the North American cowboy culture, according to park interpreter Marvin Steinback.
The park supplies all necessary tack, horses and gear, along with guides. People from all walks of life and with little riding experience have participated in the program. Guests have come from as far away as Australia, Canada and England to experience this legacy of the Old West.
The cost of the three-day event is $975, which includes horse and tack, park entry fee, lodging/camping fees, meals and the assistance of park wrangler guides. Big Bend Ranch is located northeast of Presidio off Texas Highway 170. Reservations are required.
To find out more or to reserve a spot on the cattle drive, visit: www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/big_bend_ranch/ or call Big Bend Ranch State Park at (432) 358-4444.
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[ Media Contact: Tom Harvey, 512-389-4453, tom.harvey@tpwd.texas.gov ] [TH]
March 3, 2008
Nominations Sought for Environmental Flows Committees
AUSTIN, Texas -- Anglers, paddlers, birders, waterfowl hunters, scientists and other conservation-minded Texans are invited to nominate representatives to local stakeholder advisory committees charged with determining and recommending flow regimes adequate to "support a sound ecological environment" for Texas rivers, bays and estuaries.
Created under 2007's Senate Bill 3, these stakeholder committees represent the first step in a new regulatory process intended to determine the amount and distribution of water necessary to protect instream flows, freshwater inflows to bays and estuaries and related fish and wildlife habitat. Ultimately, the stakeholder recommendations will be considered by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) when it promulgates rules to implement environmental flow protection.
Nominations are sought for the Basin and Bay Area Stakeholders Committees addressing two river/bay systems, the Trinity and San Jacinto Rivers and Galveston Bay system, and the system consisting of the Sabine and Neches Rivers and Sabine Lake Bay. Also sought are nominations for the Texas Environmental Flows Science Advisory Committee that will serve as an objective scientific body to assist the statewide Environmental Flows Advisory Group on issues relating to the science of environmental flow protection.
The Science Advisory Committee will provide overall direction and coordination of the technical work supporting the local stakeholders committees. Nominations will be accepted through the close of business March 14.
To ensure a balance of interests are represented on the stakeholder committees, nominees representing the following areas are sought: agricultural irrigation, recreational water users, municipalities, soil and water conservation districts, industrial water users, commercial fishermen, public interest groups, regional water planning groups, groundwater conservation districts, river authorities and other conservation and reclamation districts with jurisdiction over surface water, and environmental interests. Science Advisory Committee nominees should have technical expertise in hydrology, hydraulic, water resources, aquatic and terrestrial biology, geomorphology, water quality, computer modeling, and other areas pertinent to the evaluation of environmental flows.
Nomination letters should be mailed to the Environmental Flows Advisory Group, c/o Kathleen Ramirez MC-154, TCEQ, PO Box 13087, Austin, TX 78711-3087 or e-mailed to watsup@tceq.state.tx.us with the word "Nominations" in the subject line of the message.
Nominations should note the specific committee of interest and include the nominee's name, address, phone number(s), fax number and e-mail address and should indicate whether the nominee has expressed a willingness to serve. Finally, the nomination should indicate which interest or area of expertise the nominee would represent from those listed above and include a very brief statement of each nominee's background and qualifications.
For answers to any other questions about the nominations process or the Environmental Flows Advisory Group, call Kathleen Ramirez at (512) 239-6757 at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality or the TCEQ Water Supply Division at (512) 239-4691.
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On the Net:
http://www.tceq.state.tx.us/permitting/water_supply/water_rights/eflows/group.html
http://tlo2.tlc.state.tx.us/statutes/docs/WA/content/htm/wa.002.00.000011.00.htm#11.02362.00
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[ General Media Contact: Business Hours, 512-389-4406 ]
[ Additional Contacts: Dr. Billy Higginbotham, (903) 834-6191, b-higginbotham@tamu.edu ]
March 3, 2008
Bassmaster Classic Winner Alton Jones Headlines Pond Management Seminar at TFFC
ATHENS, Texas -- When was the last time you had the chance to talk one-on-one with a professional bass angler who had just won $500,000?
That's just what you can do at the largemouth bass seminar set for March 28 and 29 at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center.
Bassmaster Classic winner Alton Jones of Waco will speak on fishing techniques for largemouth bass in small impoundments at the Athens meeting following the Friday evening fish fry put on by the Texas Game Warden Association.
Jones took home the top prize of $500,000 at the Bassmaster Classic in Greenville, S.C., February 24. Over three days of competition, Jones weighed in 49 pounds, 7 ounces of bass.
"This is the fulfillment of a dream I've had since childhood," he said. "My grandfather taught me how to fish, and I wish he could be here to see this."
Jones has qualified for Bassmaster Classic competition 11 times and won more than $1.5 million in tournaments.
Even though Jones spends most of his professional fishing time on large reservoirs, he developed his interest in fishing on private lakes.
"I am a member of the West Lakes Club, and that's where I learned to fish," he said. "My grandfather joined the club in 1928, so I have a long family history of fishing private lakes."
Jones has a strong faith- and family-based fishing ethic. Both those themes come through on his web site.
The Athens seminar will focus on how to grow and catch bigger largemouth bass in private ponds. A panel of experts will detail how to grow big fish. Jones will tell how to catch them.
Bass Pro Shops is providing door prizes that will be awarded on both days of the seminar.
"The Largemouth Bass: Better Fishing Through Private Water Management," will be presented by Texas AgriLife Extension, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, in cooperation with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Henderson County Wildlife Committee.
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On the Net:
Seminar schedule and registration: http://agrilifevents.tamu.edu/events/index.cfm
http://www.altonjones.com/
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[ General Media Contact: Business Hours, 512-389-4406 ]
[ Additional Contacts: Burnie Kessner, (979) 862-7341 or burnie.kessner@tpwd.texas.gov ]
March 3, 2008
Texas-National Archery in the Schools Program Instructor Course Offered in College Station
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will offer a free Texas-National Archery in the Schools Program (TASP) Basic Archery Instructor Trainer (BAIT) Course May 29-31, which includes a Basic Archery Instructor (BAI) Course on the third day, May 31, at one of Texas A&M University's G. Rollie White Stadium gyms here.
Basic Archery Instructor Trainers must attend all three days, while Basic Archery Instructors may attend only the last day.
Ideally suited to Physical Education, Outdoor Adventure and Agriculture Science teachers as well as coaches and youth group leaders, the training is free. Archery equipment will be provided.
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On the Net:
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/archeryinschools/
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[ Media Contact: Larry Hodge, 903-676-2277, larry.hodge@tpwd.texas.gov ] [LH]
March 3, 2008
Toledo Bend Produces Second Budweiser ShareLunker of the Season
ATHENS, Texas -- The long-awaited second Budweiser ShareLunker of the season is now in the Lunker Bunker at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center courtesy of James Manasco of Hemphill.
Manasco was catching a lot of small fish Sunday, Feb. 24, in four feet of water in the back of a cove when a 13.75-pound largemouth took his green six-inch ZOOM stick worm.
The big female appeared to have already spawned yet still measured 20.5 inches in girth and 27.5 inches in length. She became the fourth Budweiser ShareLunker to come from Toledo Bend Reservoir and number 443 in the program.
Despite coming more than a month after the first entry on Jan. 13, Manasco's fish is not the latest second fish in a season. That distinction belongs to ShareLunker No. 10, caught by Bill Lynn on February 26, 1988, following a fish caught by Troy Johnson on January 15.
The Budweiser ShareLunker program is made possible through support from Anheuser-Busch, Inc. Since 1991, Anheuser-Busch, in partnership with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation, has contributed millions of dollars in funding to support conservation causes and fishing, hunting and outdoor recreation programs in Texas.
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