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


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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E-Recycling Day Set for Saturday


Every April the Huntsville Solid Waste/Recycling Division hosts E-Recycling Day to allow residents a convenient time to get rid of unwanted electronics and recycle them correctly. We are always striving to make Huntsville a more green community and E-Recycling Day gets us one step closer. Items including laptops, copiers, printers, ...

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


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

US Forest Service

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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Huntsville Audubon Sponsoring a “Live Owls” Program for Students of All Ages


by Sharyn Pezant Did you know Owls can twist their necks to turn their heads about 270 degrees—about ¾ of a full circle—without moving their shoulders? Owls don’t have eyeballs; the eyes are long and shaped more like a tube. Owl eyes can’t turn in their sockets because of this ...

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The Fields of Spring

Photo courtesy of Texas A&M AgriLife

By Reggie Lepley   It has been a mild winter for the most part here in Walker County.  Breaking ice in the livestock trough only happened one time during the past season. That was over a two-day span and the ice was thin the first day. Since it is warming ...

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Governor Appoints Nine To TRA Board Of Directors


Governor Abbott Appoints Nine To Trinity River Authority Board Of Directors Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Whitney Beckworth, Robert McFarlane, William “Will” Rodgers, Frank Steed, and Edward “Cary” Williams, III and reappointed John Jenkins, Kevin Maxwell, and Manny Rachal for terms set to expire on March 15, 2021. Governor Abbott ...

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First Case of CWD Detected in Free-Ranging Texas Whitetail

Photo courtesy of TPWD

State taking steps and following plan to deploy early detection and containment strategy Chronic wasting disease has been detected in a hunter harvested 1 1/2 –year-old white-tailed buck submitted for sampling within Surveillance Zone 3 in Medina County. This marks the first confirmed case of CWD in a free-ranging Texas ...

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US Forest Service Planning Controlled Burns

US Forest Service

U.S. Forest Service fire personnel will be burning areas in the national forests during the next few months. “The public may see a helicopter overhead, smoke columns rising and smoke settling in low-lying areas at night,” said Sam Houston National Forest Fire Management Officer Jason Klawinsky. Controlled burning dramatically reduces ...

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TPWD Taking Public Comment on Proposed Shad Collection Rules

Illustration © TPWD

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is seeking public comment on proposed changes to the regulations on the possession and sale of gizzard and threadfin shad collected from public waters, which would require persons who collect or possess shad in excess of certain limits to obtain a permit. TPWD ...

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