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[ Additional Contacts: Madison Longust, (832) 754-5856 or Madison.Longust@loveadv.comRob McCorkle, TPWD, (830) 866-3533 or robert.mccorkle@tpwd.texas.gov ]
Feb. 19, 2014
The Battleship TEXAS Celebrates 100th Commissioning Anniversary
LA PORTE -- The Battleship Texas Foundation, working in partnership with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the commissioning of the Battleship TEXAS with two events next month.
There will be a private final crew reunion aboard the TEXAS on Wednesday, March 12 and a public family festival at the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site on Saturday, March 15.
Both events will honor the Battleship TEXAS, her legendary history and pay tribute to the surviving crew members who proudly served on the ship during World War II. Commissioned on March 12, 1914, the TEXAS served in both world wars and is the last remaining "dreadnought", or big-gun battleship. She is a beloved icon which was part of many firsts including the first U.S. battleship to launch an airplane and to house anti-aircraft guns. She was awarded five battle stars during WWII.
On Wednesday, March 12, a private Centennial Ceremony honoring the returning WWII crew members will be held at 10:30 a.m. on the decks of the TEXAS, followed by a reunion luncheon. Commemorating the actual 100th anniversary of the ship's commissioning on March 12, 1914, the ceremony will recognize the crew members with a special tribute and medal presentation, military fanfare and a keynote speaker.
The festivities will continue on Saturday, March 15 with a public, family-friendly festival featuring Robert Earl Keen's "A Texas Uprising" at the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site adjacent to the ship.
Saturday's Centennial Celebration will also feature:
--Tours of the TEXAS from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
--Headliner musical entertainment
--12:30 - 2 p.m. Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison
--3 - 4:30 p.m. Charlie Robison
--5:30 - 7 p.m. Reckless Kelly
--8 - 9:30 p.m. Robert Earl Keen
A ceremony honoring TEXAS crewmembers at approximately 2 p.m.
Dedication of donated house to U.S. veteran by the Texas Sentinels Organization
TPWD interactive booths for all ages
WWII vintage aircraft flyovers
Historical zones highlighting WWI and WWII including military artifacts
Battleship TEXAS Walk of History
Local restaurants and gourmet food trucks
Fireworks display at closing
"The Battleship TEXAS is an enduring symbol of strength and we want to celebrate her service and honor the men who served and risked their lives for our freedom," says Bruce Bramlett, executive director of the Battleship Texas Foundation. "Throwing the TEXAS a 100th commissioning celebration is the least we can do and we know it will be an incredible and memorable day for former crew members, our local community and for our state. The community has been very supportive of the celebrations and we have received generous sponsorships from multiple corporations including HEB, Exxon, Centerpoint, Patriot Bank, Vopak and many local municipalities."
The Centennial Celebration will take place regardless of weather conditions. Pre-sale tickets are available now for $14 at www.battleshiptexas.org through the day of the festival or $20 at the gate. Children 12 and younger are free. Discounted prices are available for veterans, $8 pre-sale and $15 at the gate. VIP ship event tickets are also available for purchase. All proceeds raised from the Centennial Celebration will go toward preserving the ship for future generations.
To learn more or to purchase tickets, visit: www.battleshiptexas.org
About the Battleship Texas Foundation
The Battleship Texas Foundation (BTF) formerly the Battleship Texas Commission, founded in 1948, was established in 1998 with the mission to work in partnership with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) to preserve and enhance the Battleship TEXAS, and to help develop the historic ship into a premier hands-on museum and world class visitor attraction. For more information please visit, www.battleshiptexas.org.
About Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department mission is to "manage and conserve the natural and cultural resources of Texas and to provide hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation opportunities for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations." The department operates 95 Texas state parks and historic sites, 51 wildlife management areas, three saltwater fish hatcheries and five freshwater hatcheries. TPWD game wardens and wildlife and fisheries biologists work in every Texas county, enforcing laws and encouraging management to conserve fish and wildlife. The agency has 11 internal divisions: Wildlife, Coastal Fisheries, Inland Fisheries, Law Enforcement, Legal, State Parks, Infrastructure, Communications, Administrative Resources, Human Resources and Information Technology. For more information, see the TPWD website www.tpwd.texas.gov.
Note to Editors: To download the Centennial Celebration media kit, go to: http://battleshiptexas.org/centennial-celebration/
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[ Media Contact: Steve Lightfoot, 512-389-4701, steve.lightfoot@tpwd.texas.gov ] [SL]
Feb. 19, 2014
Mule Deer, Squirrel Seasons Top Suite of Proposed Hunting Regulation Changes
AUSTIN - The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is proposing expansion of mule deer hunting in several counties and extending squirrel season into February across parts of East Texas.
TPWD staff presented proposed amendments to the 2014-15 Statewide Hunting Proclamation to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission. The recommended changes include:
--Implement an archery-only open season and 16-day general season for mule deer in Knox County, where the season is currently closed;
--Implement a nine-day general season for mule deer in Castro, Hale, Lubbock, and Lynn counties, where the season is currently closed;
--Clarify rules regarding utilization of antlerless mule deer permits;
--Shorten the current year-round open season for desert bighorn sheep by one month and eliminate the requirement of a landowner affidavit for skulls and horns found in the wild;
--Extend squirrel season in 51 East Texas counties;
--Eliminate bag and possession limits for squirrel in 12 counties in the Blacklands Prairie;
--Allow the take of squirrel by means of air rifles meeting minimum standards;
--Implement rules allowing use of mobile technology by hunters to check harvested Eastern turkeys;
--Clarify rules governing possession of firearms while hunting deer or turkey during an open archery season;
Proposed changes can be found in the Feb. 21 edition of the Texas Register and on the TPWD website.
Comments on the proposed rules may be submitted by phone or e-mail to Robert Macdonald (512) 389-4775; e-mail: robert.macdonald@tpwd.texas.gov, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, 4200 Smith School Road, Austin, Texas 78744. Comments may also be submitted through the department's Internet web site after February 21 and at the following upcoming public meetings scheduled around the state.
TPWD Public Hearing Schedule
All meetings set for 7 p.m.
Alpine
March 10
Sul Ross, Range Animal Science Bldg, Rm 103, East Hwy 90
Sulphur Springs
March 10
Hopkins Co. Courthouse, 118 Church St.
New Braunfels
March 10
WORD Offices, 1928 FM 2673, Canyon Lake
Port Arthur
March 11
Holiday Inn, Neches Room, 2929 Jimmy Johnson Blvd.
Dickinson
March 11
Doyle Convention Center, Williams Goyens Room, 2010 5th Ave North, Texas City
Van Horn
March 12
El Capitan Hotel Conference Room, 100 East Broadway
Marshall
March 12
Marshall Lions Community Center, 1201 Louisiana St.
Zapata
March 12
Zapata County Technical and Advance Education Center, Rm 128, 605 N. US Hwy 83
Port Lavaca
March 12
Bauer Exhibit Building, 186 CR 101
San Antonio
March 13
Bass Pro@ 17907 IH-10 West
Rockport
March 13
Aransas County Courthouse, 301 N. Live Oak
Lubbock
March 17
Texas Agrilife Research and Extension Center, 1102 E. FM1294
Nacogdoches
March 17
Nacogdoches County Courthouse Annex, 203 West Main
Dallas-Fort Worth
March 17
Cabela's, 1 Cabelas Dr., Allen
Palestine
March 17
Ben E. Keith Building, 2019 W. Oak Street
Huntsville
March 19
Walker County Storm Shelter, 455 Highway 75 N
Port Isabel
March 19
Port Isabel Community Center, 213 Yturria
Amarillo
March 19
Texas AgriLife Extension Center, 6500 Amarillo Blvd West
Corpus Christi
March 20
Del Mar College Center for Economic Development, 3209 S. Staples St., Rm 106
Center
March 20
Fannie Brown Booth Library, Redditt Room, 619 Tenaha Street
Houston
March 20
Sheldon Lake State Park, 15315 Beaumont Hwy
Austin
March 20
Austin TPWD HQ Commission Hearing Room, 4200 Smith School Road
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[ Media Contact: Steve Lightfoot, 512-389-4701, steve.lightfoot@tpwd.texas.gov ] [SL]
Feb. 19, 2014
TPWD Proposing Seatrout Bag Limit Change, Gar Conservation Rules
AUSTIN -- The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is proposing fishing regulation changes that will affect both salt and freshwater anglers. Some of the most noteworthy include changes to harvest regulations for flounder and spotted seatrout, the rainbow trout fishery on the Guadalupe River below Canyon Lake dam, and additional restrictions on the harvest of alligator gar during critical periods of spawning.
TPWD staff presented proposed amendments to the 2014-15 Statewide Recreational and Commercial Fishing Proclamation to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission. The recommended changes include:
Salt Water
--Oyster harvest: Temporary 2-year closure of a 54-acre oyster restoration site on Half-Moon reef in Matagorda Bay, and a 2-year temporary closure of seven restoration sites located in East Galveston Bay.
--Flounder: Extension of the November 2-fish bag limit through the first 2 weeks of December, and during those two weeks harvest would be allowed by any legal means.
--Spotted Seatrout: Extension of the 5-fish bag and possession limit up the coast through East Matagorda Bay with a five-year sunset date.
Fresh Water
--Guadalupe River below Canyon Reservoir (Comal County): rainbow and brown trout regulations on a section of the river would be changed to a 12- to 18-inch slot length limit with a five-fish daily bag limit, harvest by artificial lures only, and only one trout over 18 inches could be retained. The new regulation zone would begin 800 yards downstream from the Canyon Dam release and extend downstream to the easternmost Highway 306 bridge crossing.
--Texas/Louisiana Border Waters (Toledo Bend Reservoir, Caddo Lake, and the Lower Sabine River in Newton and Orange Counties): regulations for blue and channel catfish would be changed to no minimum length limit and a 50-fish daily bag limit in any combination, of which no more than five blue or channel catfish 30 inches or longer could be retained.
--Tradinghouse Creek Reservoir (McLennan County): the special limits for freshwater lakes where red drum have been stocked would be removed and regulations would revert to statewide length limits (20-inch minimum length limit, 28-inch maximum length limit, and harvest of up to two red drum 28 inches or longer per year with trophy drum tag). Bag limit would remain at three.
--Lake Kyle (Hays County): regulations would be changed to catch and release (no harvest) of channel and blue catfish, largemouth bass, or any sunfish species.
--Canyon Lake Project #6 (Lubbock County): Changes implemented last year were not fully implemented. To correct this, the harvest regulation for channel and blue catfish would be changed to no minimum length limit and a five-fish daily bag and anglers would be restricted to only two poles.
--North Concho River from O. C. Fisher Dam to Bell Street Dam and the South Concho River from Lone Wolf Dam to Bell Street Dam (Tom Green County): anglers would be restricted to using two poles.
--Jug Line Floats: Recreational anglers who fish with jug lines will be allowed to use floats of any color except orange. Commercial anglers will continue to be restricted to using orange-colored floats.
In addition to the proposed changes noted above, the TPW Commission directed staff to include for public comment proposed changes to alligator gar harvest regulations. The changes would give the TPWD Executive Director the authority to temporarily prohibit taking or attempting to take alligator gar in any area where conditions such as water temperature and water levels would be conducive for spawning of alligator gar. Typically, alligator gar do not spawn every year. This change would add increased protection to spawning gar in certain areas when they are concentrated and most vulnerable to over-harvest. Closures would be invoked only during those limited times when and where the specified conditions are occurring, and the public would be notified as soon as the closure is invoked.
Proposed changes can be found in the Feb. 21 edition of the Texas Register and on the TPWD website.
Comments on the proposed rules may be submitted by phone or e-mail to Robert Macdonald (512) 389-4775; e-mail: robert.macdonald@tpwd.texas.gov, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, 4200 Smith School Road, Austin, Texas 78744. Comments may also be submitted through the department's internet web site after February 21 and at the following upcoming public meetings scheduled around the state.
TPWD Public Hearing Schedule
All meetings set for 7 p.m.
Alpine
March 10
Sul Ross, Range Animal Science Bldg, Rm 103, East Hwy 90
Sulphur Springs
March 10
Hopkins Co. Courthouse, 118 Church St.
New Braunfels
March 10
WORD Offices, 1928 FM 2673, Canyon Lake
Port Arthur
March 11
Holiday Inn, Neches Room, 2929 Jimmy Johnson Blvd.
Dickinson
March 11
Doyle Convention Center, Williams Goyens Room, 2010 5th Ave North, Texas City
Van Horn
March 12
El Capitan Hotel Conference Room, 100 East Broadway
Marshall
March 12
Marshall Lions Community Center, 1201 Louisiana St.
Zapata
March 12
Zapata County Technical and Advance Education Center, Rm 128, 605 N. US Hwy 83
Port Lavaca
March 12
Bauer Exhibit Building, 186 CR 101
San Antonio
March 13
Bass Pro@ 17907 IH-10 West
Rockport
March 13
Aransas County Courthouse, 301 N. Live Oak
Lubbock
March 17
Texas Agrilife Research and Extension Center, 1102 E. FM1294
Nacogdoches
March 17
Nacogdoches County Courthouse Annex, 203 West Main
Dallas-Fort Worth
March 17
Cabela's, 1 Cabelas Dr., Allen
Palestine
March 17
Ben E. Keith Building, 2019 W. Oak Street
Huntsville
March 19
Walker County Storm Shelter, 455 Highway 75 N
Port Isabel
March 19
Port Isabel Community Center, 213 Yturria
Amarillo
March 19
Texas AgriLife Extension Center, 6500 Amarillo Blvd West
Corpus Christi
March 19
Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi, Natural Resources Center, Room 1003, 6300 Ocean Drive
Corpus Christi
March 20
Del Mar College Center for Economic Development, 3209 S. Staples St., Rm 106
Center
March 20
Fannie Brown Booth Library, Redditt Room, 619 Tenaha Street
Houston
March 20
Sheldon Lake State Park, 14200 Garrett Road, Houston 77044
Austin
March 20
Austin TPWD HQ Commission Hearing Room, 4200 Smith School Road
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[ Additional Contacts: Kevin Storey, (903) 593-5077, Kevin.Storey@tpwd.texas.gov ]
Feb. 19, 2014
Lake Tawakoni Catfish Angler Survey
ATHENS--Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is asking Lake Tawakoni catfish anglers to participate in a brief survey to determine opinions, characteristics and experiences of catfish anglers with emphasis on the blue catfish fishery.
Signs and laminated posters promoting the survey have been distributed at boat ramps and businesses at Lake Tawakoni. The survey can be accessed online at: https://survey.tpwd.state.tx.us/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=ll13988.
A printed copy of the survey is also available upon request. The survey will remain open through June 2014.
Information from the survey will supplement sampling techniques designed to collect information on blue catfish in the lake and on the anglers who target them for recreation and consumption. Input from a broad spectrum of catfish anglers will help TPWD make informed management decisions for Lake Tawakoni's blue catfish fishery.
Lake Tawakoni is renowned for the quality of its blue catfish fishery, attracting anglers in large numbers. In 2001, the Texas Legislature declared West Tawakoni the "Catfish Capital of Texas."
Texas' catfish fisheries have been receiving greater attention from the TPWD Inland Fisheries Division as biologists work to develop a statewide catfish management plan. Results from this survey will help shape catfish management throughout Texas.
For more information or a printed copy of the survey, contact Kevin Storey, 2122 Old Henderson Highway, Tyler, TX 75702; (903) 593-5077; Kevin.Storey@tpwd.texas.gov.
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