April 22, 2010
TWA highlights special property tax valuations, promotes feral hog control
The Texas Wildlife Association continued its advocacy efforts this week in presentations to two interim legislative committees in Austin.
On April 20, TWA Vice President of Public Policy Kirby Brown provided testimony to members of the House Committee on Ways and Means regarding the importance and fairness of special property tax valuations for agriculture, wildlife, and timber.
"The ag and, later, the wildlife and timber tax valuations were put in place to help conserve agricultural lands and wildlife habitat," Brown said. "These valuations are not simply tax breaks; they are conservation incentives." Brown testified on April 19 to members of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Rural Affairs on the organization's support for the control and reduction of feral hog populations and effective tools for landowners.
Game Warden from Mason named Texas Wildlife Officer of the Year
Cody Hatfield, a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department game warden stationed in Mason, has been named Texas Wildlife Officer of the Year by the National Wild Turkey Federation.
TPWD Executive Director Carter Smith presented the award to Hatfield at the April 1 meeting of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission.
Click here for the full article from the San Angelo Standard-Times.
May issue of "Texas Wildlife" magazine features new design elements
The May issue of "Texas Wildlife" magazine features a new design with several new graphic elements and enhancements for the publication.
The new design provided by Rudkin Productions of Boerne is intended to further showcase the exceptional articles and photography that readers of the monthly publication have come to expect. "Texas Wildlife" is provided to all TWA members as part of their membership. Click here to join the Texas Wildlife Association and receive and enjoy your monthly magazine subscription.
Important Texas water case features legal
question of groundwater ownership
On the surface, it's a case about an oat-and-peanut farm and two South Texas men who wanted enough water to operate it, according to Newsweek magazine. But underneath lies a century-old tug-of-war - between landowners, groundwater conservation districts, municipalities and the Legislature - over who really owns the water beneath the land.
Click here for the full article about the Edwards Aquifer Authority v. Day case in which TWA filed a brief in support of groundwater as a vested, real property right.
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Mark Your Calendar
Women of the Land Workshop
La Bandera Ranch, Carrizo Springs
CL Volunteer Training Workshop
May 21, New Braunfels
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
Bad, and the Ugly
TBGA Sportsman's Celebrations Wildlife Conservation Camp offers hand-on experiences
July 4, Fredericksburg (Reg. 4)
August 14, San Antonio (Reg. 8)
August 21, College Station (Regs 5,6,7)
September 18, Abilene (Regs 1,2,3)
The Wildlife Conservation Camp at the Welder Wildlife Foundation Refuge in Sinton, July 11-17, promises exciting hands-on activities and presentations with wildlife professionals from across the state.
Click here for a camp brochure and application. The application deadline is May 14.
TWA in Corpus Christi for Life's Better Outside Experience
The Texas Wildlife Association is a featured exhibitor at the Life's Better Outside Experience in Corpus Christi, April 24-25.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department-sponsored event is part of the Buccaneer Days celebration at the Corpus Christi bayfront.
TWA welcomes new members!
Mark Burum, Arlington
Curtis Cline, Austin
Charles DeYoung, Kingsville
Rob Freeman, Bedford
Metha Haggard, Atascosa
Gerald Johnson, Houston
Kay Kloesel, Harper
Belinda Pruneda Family, Kerrville
Todd Reck, Coppell
Terry Reynolds, Goliad
Arrington Ranch, Canadian
First National Bank of Byers, Byers
Northrup Pipe Creek Ranch, Pipe Creek
Outfitters Farm & Ranch Co., Ft. Worth
Stockmens National Bank, Cotulla
TelPeaks, LLC, Houston
Gabriel Acosta, Edinburg
Jeffrey Beck, Montgomery
Gale Blundell, Austin
R. Perry Bushong, Mountain Home
Chester Carlock, Fort Worth
David Cohen, San Antonio
Gregg Collum, McCoy