April 16, 2010
TWA calls for Legislature to reaffirm groundwater as a vested, real property right The Texas Wildlife Association supports groundwater as a vested, real property right, and TWA President Tina Y. Buford on Thursday told members of the House Committee on Natural Resources that TWA strongly believes it is in the best interests of the citizens of our state to continue to recognize this right because this vested, protectable right promotes conservation and management of our groundwater.
"It promotes resource conservation and is consistent with our Texas tradition of private land stewardship which springs from the responsibilities of ownership," Buford said in her testimony. "Responsible ownership begets conservation and sound land management practices that provide increased, clean surface and groundwater for aquifers, springs, rivers and bays. The vast majority of private landowners, through their everyday management, are protecting and conserving our groundwater resources, providing clean water that recharges our aquifers. The lands act as a sponge, and the better the management over the land, the better the sponge works. They are just as surely ranching recharge as they are our livestock, wildlife and habitats."
Buford provided Committee members a copy of the joint position statement on groundwater ownership authored by TWA, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, and the Texas Farm Bureau.
Texas Attorney General charges couple with unlawful Internet-based hunting operation
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has charged a Pasadena couple with operating an unlawful Internet-based game hunt operation that defrauded Texas hunters.
According to Abbott, since at least 2007, Paul and Angela Candelaria, the owners of Candelaria Ranch, LLC., have offered "world class," open range wild animal hunts via their two Web sites and eBay. The defendants advertise Candelaria Ranch, LLC as a 2,000-acre prime destination for hunting wild hogs, antelope, deer, turkey, squirrels, sheep, rabbits and other animals classified as varmints, including bobcats, opossums, armadillos and gophers. The Candelarias even advertise zebra, water buffalo and mountain lion hunts. The package fees for each hunt vary from about $500 per person to more than $2,000 for small groups.
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State recognizes Duval County ranch with Official Texas Historical Marker Over 160 descendents of the Gray Family and neighbors of the Temple Ranch gathered on April 11 to celebrate the unveiling of an official El Rancho La Gloria Historical Marker.
The Texas Historical Commission (THC) has recognized the historic El Rancho La Gloria (Now Temple Ranch, and formerly known locally as the "Gray Ranch") as a significant part of Texas history by awarding it an Official Texas Historical Marker. The designation honors El Rancho La Gloria/Temple Ranch as an important and educational part of local history and should be noted as only the 5th such marker in all of Duval County. The marker is now available for viewing on County Road 101, 6 miles from US Highway 59.
Funding announced for Agricultural Water Enhancement Program projects
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced the availability of $61.2 million in financial assistance funding for Agricultural Water Enhancement Program (AWEP) projects, a program strongly supported and promoted by TWA. This funding will help producers conserve surface and groundwater and improve water quality on agricultural land.
AWEP projects are implemented by NRCS entering into partnership agreements with eligible entities. NRCS works with these partners to help landowners plan and implement conservation practices in project areas established through the agreements. Click here for more information.
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April 25-27, Midland/Odessa
June 6-8, TBD
August 15-17, Armendaris Ranch, NM
October 24-26, Alpine
CL Volunteer Training Workshop
May 21, New Braunfels
Women of the Land Workshop
La Bandera Ranch, Carrizo Springs
L.A.N.D.S. Teacher Trainings
June 14-16, Lueders (North Texas)
August 2-4, Kingsville (South Texas)
Wildlife for Lunch Webinar Series
June 17, Feral Hogs - The Good, the
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Texas Hunting & Outdoor Classic showcasing TBGA Sportsman's Celebration
The South Texas Regional Texas Big Game Awards (TBGA) Sportsman's Celebration will be a featured attraction on August 14 at the first Texas Hunting and Outdoor Classic in San Antonio.
The Classic will be held August 13-15 at the Freeman Coliseum grounds in the new air-conditioned Expo Center.
"The South Texas Regional Texas Big Game Awards (TBGA) Sportsman's Celebration which is known for its quality whitetails will be a big draw. They are valued world-wide for superior size and beauty," said THC lead organizer Lyle Larson. "The awards for TBGA's Region 8 recognize both the hunter for their accomplishments, as well as the landowners and land managers that help provide the habitat needed to sustain these healthy wildlife populations. And we are thrilled the Texas Wildlife Association (TWA) chose us as their venue to celebrate."
The Texas Big Game Awards is the Official Hunting Program of Texas and is produced in partnership with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Other regional award celebrations will be held July 10 in Fredericksburg, August 21 in College Station, and September 18 in Abilene.
TWA welcomes new members!
Kevin Wells, Iowa Park
Jeffery Wetzel, Blanket
Monica Williamson, Houston
Paula Windham, Clyde
James Wollschlaeger, Boerne
Noel Wood Jr, Richland Springs
555 E Pine St, LLC, Austin
A & A Livestock, Gatesville
Berli's Body & Fine Auto Finish, Pflugerville
Crooked Creek Ranch, Hamilton
Rocking JP Ranch, Dublin
Scott Brandon, Myrtle Beach, SC
James Edmiston, Columbus
Mike Gibson, Paducah
Lynita Kelldorf, Pearland
Heather Mangern, Columbus
Brian McLaughlin, Midland
Sally Oglesby-Harris, Ozona
Susan Postlethwait, New Braunfels
Katherine Ruffin, Houston
Carolyn Tuttle, Rocksprings
Melinda Wood, Rocksprings
Larry Zaskoda, Cat Spring
B Bar C Ranch, L.P., Waxahachie
Circle Bar Ranch, Truscott
H & M Ranch, Dallas