TPWD News Digest for the Week of May 23-30, 2013
(Upcoming events are located under “Briefs”)
All TPWD news releases available online:
May 29, 2013
- Free Food, Fishing at Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center for National Fishing Day
ATHENS, Texas- National Fishing and Boating Week will start this weekend with a big splash at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens with their annual National Fishing Day celebration.
- Angler Sets New Fly Rod State Record for Channel Catfish [News Images]
ATHENS—When Bryan Smith of Athens isn’t helping visitors to the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (TFFC) catch fish, he does some fishing on his own.
May 28, 2013
- Charges Filed in Galveston Hit-and-Run Boating Accident
AUSTIN – Texas Parks and Wildlife Department game wardens have filed felony charges against a Galveston man accused of failing to stop and render aid while operating a motorboat that collided with a sailboat in the Galveston Channel Sunday night.
May 24, 2013
- “Clean, Drain and Dry” Regimen Bad News for Zebra Mussels [News Images]
AUSTIN — Nothing ruins a zebra mussel’s day more than a boater who Cleans, Drains and Dries his boat to prevent the spread of this small but devastating aquatic invasive species.
May 23, 2013
- TPW Commission Approves Land Acquisition to Benefit Lesser Prairie Chicken — Permian Basin company makes $400,000 donation to facilitate purchase [News Images]
News Briefs and Upcoming Events:
Free Food, Fishing at Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center for National Fishing Day
The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens will be hosting their annual National Fishing Day celebration this Saturday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Admission will be free from Children 12 and under, and free fishing will be available all day for the whole family. Kids may also compete to win prizes in the catfishing tournament at the TFFC’s casting pond. Free hot dogs, chips, and drinks will be served all day by employees of the Athens Wal-Mart.
TPWD Offers Easy Search for State Parks Near Major Cities
Looking for something to this summer? Texas Parks and Wildlife hosts weekly events at parks around the state and now there is an easier way to find them close to home. The TPWD Calendar Event Collection offers a quick way to search for events near Austin, Dallas/ Ft. Worth, Houston and San Antonio.
Drought Relief Funding Available for Texas Landowners
The United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service State Conservationist Salvador Salinas has announced that additional funding will be available for agriculture operators wishing to address pant health conditions on their land through NRCS’s Environmental Quality Incentives Program.
Applications will be accepted at NRCS field offices until June 14. Priority for funding will target 129 counties that have been distinguished as extreme drought or exceptional drought, according to the current U.S. Drought Monitor map. Priority counties will be adjusted as the drought changes.
Landowners interested in participating in the incentives program are encouraged to contact their local USDA-NRCS field office located in the nearest USDA Service Center.
For additional information about EQIP, or to find the NRCS service center nearest you, visit http://www.tx.nrcs.usda.gov/
NRCS in Texas Announces Incentive Payments to Improve Wildlife Habitat
The United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service State Conservationist Salvador Salinas has announced that NRCS in Texas has $5.5 million in funding available for people who want to develop and improve wildlife habitat on their land through the agency’s Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP).
The funding has been established to improve Bobwhite quail and Pronghorn antelope habitat, as well as assist landowners who have lost wildlife habitat through the drought and wildfires in recent years.
Through WHIP, the NRCS will provide technical and financial assistance to establish and improve fish and wildlife habitat. WHIP agreements between NRCS and the participant generally last for five to ten years.
WHIP applications must address traditional natural resource issues such as water quantity, water quality, grazing lands, forest health, soil management, emerging natural resource issues, and climate change.
For additional information about WHIP, or to find the NRCS service center nearest you, visit http://www.tx.nrcs.usda.gov/.
For events in your area, visit our calendar section at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/calendar/