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[ Media Contact: Mike Cox, 512-389-8046, mike.cox@tpwd.texas.gov ]
Jan. 9, 2012
Central Texas Zebra Mussel forums scheduled for Jan. 18-19
Three forms will be held Jan. 18 and 19 in Kingsland and Marble Falls and Burnet to address the threat of invasive mussels in the Highland Lakes. The purpose of these forums is to raise awareness of potential consequences associated with zebra and quagga mussels in the Colorado River system.
Speakers from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Lower Colorado River Authority, Texas Parks and Wildlife, and the Inks Lake Dam National Fish Hatchery will present at the forums.
"Zebra mussels are one of the most prolific and destructive invasive species found in the US," said Brian Van Zee, TPWD Inland Fisheries Regional Director.
"They damage aquatic ecosystems, plug water intake systems used for industrial and municipal purposes and even impact water based recreation by fouling boat hulls, damaging boat engines and making beaches unusable. Each year millions of dollars are spent trying to monitor, control and manage zebra mussel infestations and once they become established they are nearly impossible to eradicate."
The forum stresses that the only way to combat the spread of these invasive mussel species is prevention through education and outreach.
The schedule is as follows:
--Wednesday, January 18, 1:30-4:00 -- Herman Brown Free Library in Burnet
--Wednesday, January 18, 5:30-8:00 -- Marble Falls Public Library
--Thursday, January 19, 9:30-Noon -- Kingsland Branch Library
For more information on zebra and guagga mussels and other invasive species in Texas visit http://www.texasinvasives.org. For a complete agenda and links to detailed location information, visit the Texas Invasives events calendar at http://texasinvasives.org/pages/spotlight.php.
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[ Media Contact: Rob McCorkle, 830-866-3533, robert.mccorkle@tpwd.texas.gov ] [RM]
Jan. 9, 2012
Mountain Biking in Texas State Parks Picking Up Steam
AUSTIN - Mountain bikers throughout the state - from novices to experts -- are increasingly pedaling the numerous trails found at more than 40 Texas state parks.
From beach and woodland road rides to hair-curling downhill descents in mountain and Hill Country parks, state parks from El Paso to Mustang Island offer bikers of all skill levels a multitude of diverse mountain biking adventures.
"Many trails in Texas state parks provide great opportunities for all levels of mountain-bike riders to test and develop their biking skills, get a good workout, refresh their mind and spirits, spend family and friend time together and experience the great outdoors," says avid mountain biker Dan Sholly, deputy director of Texas state parks. "Big Bend Ranch State Park, in particular, is developing into the mountain-biking Mecca of Texas."
State park biking trails range in length from an easy, two-mile, multiuse trail at Mexia's Fort Parker State Park Site to more than 200 miles of diverse trails snaking through desert mountains and canyons at 310,000-acre Big Bend Ranch State Park just outside of Presidio. Bring your own bike or rent one at the park's Visitors Center.
Big Bend Ranch State Park, home to the International Biking Association's only Epic Ride in Texas, ranks among the nation's top mountain-biking destinations. The ultra-challenging Fresno-Sauceda Loop, which passes by a number of archeological and historical sites, offers a blend of single-track and 4X4 roads with a number of steep climbs and descents. The ride to "The Other Side of Nowhere" is just one of dozens of rides on single-track, double-track and old, rugged 4X4 ranch roads in what remains a truly wild park with plenty of wide-open spaces.
Two other West Texas parks - El Paso's Franklin Mountains and San Angelo state parks -- offer more than 50 miles of mountain biking trails each with trails suited to riders with Level 1 (Beginner), Level 2 (Intermediate) and Level 3 (Experienced) skills.
Mountain bikers new to the sport might consider hitting the flat, sometimes paved bike trails at state parks as Brazos Bend, Fairfield Lake and South Llano River State Park. Bikers may want to seek out one of the rails-to-trails tracks at Caprock Canyons and Lake Mineral Wells, or scenic lakeside trails along the 10-mile Ray Roberts Lake Greenbelt Corridor, the 10-mile Fort Richardson Lost Creek Trailway, or the 13-mile Lake Somerville Trailway. The outstanding trail system at Cedar Hill State Park near Dallas draws legions of mountain bikers, too.
Pick up a copy of Bike Texas brochure on sale at a number of state parks or download a PDF version of the brochures at: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/publications/pwdpubs/media/pwd_bk_k0700_0715.pdf.
You also can find a wealth of information about mountain biking destinations and resources by visiting the mountain biking pages on the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department website.
And, there are now close to 20 short videos showcasing mountain bike opportunities at different Texas state park on TPWD's YouTube Channel. These videos are grouped under the channel's Biking in Texas State Parks playlist. Here are a brief descriptions of a few of these videos:
Mountain Biking at Brazos Bend State Park
Get your helmet and ride! Head out with park ranger David Heinicke at Brazos Bend State Park near Houston, a park with miles and miles of trails with something for any rider, including alligators. http://youtu.be/wXKe0DQqkbQ
Mountain Biking Big Bend Ranch State Park
Mountain Biking at Big Bend Ranch State Park in far West Texas is not for the faint of heart. The country is rugged and the trails can be challenging, but the opportunities are as boundless as the vistas. http://youtu.be/b1mQzYs32Ds
Government Canyon Bike Trails
Get a bike's-eye view of the trails at Government Canyon State Natural Area in San Antonio. http://youtu.be/UUMeavjsFHE
Texas on Two Wheels
From peaceful pedals at local parks to epic journeys through rugged landscapes, mountain biking in Texas has it all. Meet one 78-year-old cyclist who proves that off-road riding is fun for all ages. From an episode of the Texas Parks and Wildlife TV series. http://youtu.be/7xf77m7ds_k
Mountain Biking at Colorado Bend State Park
Load up the bikes as we try out some of the newest mountain bike trails at Colorado Bend State Park northwest of Austin. http://youtu.be/eLcItBMvqT8
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On the Net:
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/parks/things-to-do/biking-in-state-parks
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[ General Media Contact: Business Hours, 512-389-4406 ]
[ Additional Contacts: Robert Ramirez, Hunter Education Specialist, (972) 263-1219; robert.ramirez@tpwd.texas.gov ]
Jan. 9, 2012
TPWD Hunter Education Instructor Training Set in Wichita Falls
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) will be conducting a free Hunter Education New Instructor Training Workshop February 4, 2012, in Wichita Falls, Texas. The workshop will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Lake Arrowhead State Park at 229 Park Road 63, Wichita Falls, TX 76310.
"We will be training new applicants and currently certified instructors in skills trail, live firing exercises and home study procedures," said Robert Ramirez, hunter education specialist with TPWD. "The training puts fun and exciting activities into the learning experience. Students will benefit by going through actual hunting simulations and by making their own decisions regarding responsible actions using 'shoot-don't-shoot' scenarios."
Before you attend this workshop, you must go to the following web site and prepare yourself by going over the Introduction and first four chapters of the instructor training manual. You will sign an acknowledgement and release that you have done this pre-workshop assignment as part of your training. The site is as follows: tpwd.state.tx.us/learning/hunter_education/instruct.phtml.
Every Texas hunter born on or after September 2, 1971, must successfully complete a hunter education course. The hunter education program's goals are to reduce hunting-related accidents and violations; promote safe, responsible and knowledgeable hunting; and enhance hunting traditions and values.
Hunter education provides instruction in Texas hunting regulations, wildlife management and identification, conservation, ethics, firearm and hunting safety and responsibility and outdoor skills.
"By understanding hunting through education, hunters and non-hunters alike will help make a bright future for the sport. Now is the time to become involved, so let us know if you are interested in becoming an instructor," Ramirez said.
To register, please contact: Robert Ramirez, TPWD Hunter Education Specialist, at (972) 263-1219 or robert.ramirez@tpwd.texas.gov
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[ General Media Contact: Business Hours, 512-389-4406 ]
[ Additional Contacts: Robert Ramirez, Hunter Education Specialist, (972) 263-1219; robert.ramirez@tpwd.texas.gov ]
Jan. 9, 2012
TPWD Hunter Education Instructor Training Set in Grand Prairie
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) will be conducting a free Hunter Education New Instructor Training Workshop February 18, 2012 in Grand Prairie, Texas. The workshop will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the North Texas Education Center, 5411 Robinson Road, Grand Prairie, TX 75052.
"We will be training new applicants and currently certified instructors in skills trail, live firing exercises and home study procedures," said Robert Ramirez, hunter education specialist with TPWD. "The training puts fun and exciting activities into the learning experience. Students will benefit by going through actual hunting simulations and by making their own decisions regarding responsible actions using 'shoot-don't-shoot' scenarios."
Before you attend this workshop, you must go to the following web site and prepare yourself by going over the Introduction and first four chapters of the instructor training manual. You will sign an acknowledgement and release that you have done this pre-workshop assignment as part of your training. The site is as follows: tpwd.state.tx.us/learning/hunter_education/instruct.phtml.
Every Texas hunter born on or after September 2, 1971, must successfully complete a hunter education course. The hunter education program's goals are to reduce hunting-related accidents and violations; promote safe, responsible and knowledgeable hunting; and enhance hunting traditions and values.
Hunter education provides instruction in Texas hunting regulations, wildlife management and identification, conservation, ethics, firearm and hunting safety and responsibility and outdoor skills.
"By understanding hunting through education, hunters and non-hunters alike will help make a bright future for the sport. Now is the time to become involved, so let us know if you are interested in becoming an instructor," Ramirez said.
To register, please contact: Robert Ramirez, TPWD Hunter Education Specialist, at (972) 263-1219 or robert.ramirez@tpwd.texas.gov
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