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Five Tips and Tricks for Spring Breaking at a Texas State Park

by TPWD staff Ahead of the busy spring break season, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department experts have come up with a list of tips and tricks to help families reconnect with the outdoors even if it’s only for an afternoon. Texas State Parks offer a chance for families to get ...

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Trans-Pecos Pronghorn Restoration Team Continue Efforts

by TPWD staff This month the Trans-Pecos Pronghorn Restoration Project progressed with another successful relocation of 113 pronghorn. This marks the sixth year that pronghorn have been transplanted from healthy populations in the Texas Panhandle to supplement pronghorn populations in the Trans-Pecos region.  In late January, pronghorn were captured from ...

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Controlled Burns Planned for National Forest

Forest Service reduces wildfire risk, improves forest health with controlled burns by USFS staff 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,” ...

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TCEQ Offering Paid Internships for College Students

The TCEQ is now accepting applications for the Mickey Leland Environmental Internship Program. An internship will help undergraduate and graduate students learn about environmental issues, build marketable skills, and gain professional experience. Students will complete a full-time, paid internship over the summer with an assignment at the TCEQ, another state agency, ...

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Local TMN Chapter Certifies 10 Water Specialists

The Texas Master Naturalist Heartwood Chapter congratulates ten chapter members who received the Texas Waters Specialist certification for 2017:  Scott Ball, Allison Copony, Barbara Edwards, Mari Hanley, Robert Johnston, Jonathan Lok, Teri MacArthur, Leslie Rosenblatt, Jennifer Seale, and David Vickers.   Each completed 8 hours of approved water-related Advanced Training and ...

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Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count to be Held Saturday

by Walker County News Today staff While most in Walker County spent the last few days getting ready for Christmas, members of the local Huntsville Audubon Society have been readying for their annual Christmas Bird Count.  Chapter President Anne-Marie Prouty is coordinating this year’s event and looking forward to welcoming ...

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Texas Rain Catcher Awards Nomination Period Now Open

The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) is seeking nominations for the Texas Rain Catcher Awards. The awards are a rainwater harvesting competition and recognition program to promote the technology, educate the public, and recognize excellence in the application of rainwater harvesting systems in Texas. The competition is open to all ...

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Zebra Mussels Spreading at Lakes Georgetown, Livingston

Status of Lake Livingston changed to “fully infested” Texas Parks and Wildlife Department biologists have classified Lake Georgetown as infested with an established, reproducing population of invasive zebra mussels and have also changed the status of Lake Livingston to fully infested. Lake Georgetown is a 1,297-acre impoundment controlled by the U.S. Army Corps ...

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Local Resident Receives Award

Heartwood Texas Master Naturalist chapter member Lisa Tuck was recognized with the President’s Award from the Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT). The outgoing state board president of NPSOT, Linda Knowles, presented the award to Lisa in recognition of her efforts organizing the NPSOT Fall Symposium, a four day event held at Sam ...

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Waterfowl Hunters Reminded to Help Prevent Spread of Invasive Species

With duck hunting season getting underway in most of the state in early November, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is reminding waterfowl hunters to clean, drain and dry boats and equipment before traveling from lake to lake to help avoid spreading invasive species like giant salvinia and zebra ...

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