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Forest Service: Controlled Burns Create Temporary Smoke, Long-Term Benefits

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Since the first of the year, U.S. Forest Service fire personnel on the four National Forests have treated more than 84,000 acres with controlled burns.   “These controlled burns dramatically reduce the chances of potential wildfires spreading out of control and ultimately improve overall grassland vegetative health,” said Peter Goetzinger, ...

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U.S. Forest Service Offering Student Internships

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The USDA Forest Service is offering paid student internships throughout the country. Students currently enrolled in high school through post-graduate level programs are eligible to apply. Applicants must be at least 16 years old. Internships are for the summer of 2017 and may last up to one year. Government housing ...

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Automated Online Managed Lands Deer Program Rollout Coming Soon

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New system simplifies harvest recommendations, offers print at home tag issuance Landowners participating in the highly-popular Managed Lands Deer Program (MLDP) will be able to complete the enrollment process and print their tags online beginning this summer, thanks to a new automated system being implemented by the Texas Parks and ...

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TPWD Announces 2016-17 Season CWD Monitoring Results

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Texas recorded a couple of unwanted firsts for chronic wasting disease (CWD) during statewide surveillance efforts for the 2016-17 collection year, including detections in a free-ranging whitetail and a free-ranging elk. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) surpassed its statewide goal of 6,735 CWD samples, collecting 9,830 from hunter ...

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Deadly Fungus Invades Texas and is Found on a New Bat Species

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The fungus known to cause White-nose Syndrome (WNS), a disease that has decimated hibernating bat populations in the United States and Canada, has been discovered for the first time in Texas. The fungus Pseudogymnoascus destructans (Pd) was detected on three species of hibernating bats in northern Texas: the cave myotis, Townsend’s big-eared bat, ...

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Hunting Prospects Promising for Spring Turkey Season

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With a significant carryover of mature gobblers and an influx of young birds to match wits against, hunter patience as much as skill may be put to the test during this year’s spring turkey season. According to biologists with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), Texas Rio Grande wild ...

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National Forests and Grasslands in Texas to Begin Forest Plan Revision Process

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The National Forests and Grasslands in Texas is beginning a process to revise its Land and Resource Management Plan that will provides direction for managing recreation, forest vegetation, rivers and tributaries, fish and wildlife and cultural and heritage assets. “The National Forests and Grasslands in Texas play a unique role ...

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TPWD Taking Comment on Proposed Hunting and Fishing Regulation Changes

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Online Resources Available for Public Input, Webinar Set for Feb. 21 The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is seeking public comment on proposed changes to the state’s hunting and fishing regulations for 2017-18. Access to online resources, including details on these proposals and options to provide public comment can be ...

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U.S. Forest Service Waives Day-Use Fees for Presidents’ Day

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The National Forests and Grasslands in Texas is waiving day-use fees at recreation sites Feb. 20 for Presidents’ Day. “Our public lands are open to everyone, and we hope these free days offer an incentive to all people to visit any of the 193 million acres of land held in ...

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TPW Commission Approves Shad Collection and Sale Rules

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The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission at its Thursday, Jan. 26, public hearing approved changes to the regulations on the possession and sale of gizzard and threadfin shad collected from public waters. The change will require persons who use containers exceeding 82 quarts in volume for collection and possession of ...

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