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Historic Trail concerns, Sighted In newsletter
Texas Wildlife Association

December, 2010

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December 29, 2010

TWA concerned about impact of planned National Historic Trail  

The Texas Wildlife Association has expressed its concerns to the National Park Service regarding the Draft Comprehensive Management Plan / Environmental Assessment for El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail, a trail designation that encompasses portions of 44 Texas counties from the Louisiana border to the Rio Grande River. 

TWA concluded in its comments that the Draft Plan’s entire theme ignores the fact that over 99 percent of the resource is privately owned and that this fact should be the preeminent theme in any management activity. TWA outlined its concerns over the trail's impact to private property owners. TWA supports Alternative A in the Draft Plan and advocated the continuation of the process of identifying and agreeing upon reasonable solutions. 

Public comment on the Draft Plan is being accepted until December 31, 2010.  Comments submitted by mail must be postmarked by Dec. 31, and comments submitted online must be received by that date. 

Kleberg, King Ranch wildlife efforts featured on Valley television   

King Ranch, founded in 1853, stretches across 825,000 acres in deep South Texas. One of the largest and most famous ranches in the world, it is also a haven for wildlife.

Ranch heirs like TWA Life Member Tio Kleberg, great, great, great grandson of founder Richard King, continue to operate the vast ranch with headquarters on the banks of the Santa Gertrudis near present day Kingsville.

KGBT-TV in Harlingen recently aired a story featuring Kleberg and the King Ranch's longstanding stewardship of wildlife habitat and promotion of wildlife conservation. Click here to see the television story.  

TPWD seeks feedback on possible closure of East Texas turkey season 

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is holding public meetings next week to discuss possibly closing the Eastern Wild Turkey spring turkey hunting season in 15 East Texas counties.

The closures are being considered due to low harvest reporting at mandatory check stations and due to observations made by hunters, landowners, and TPWD biologists indicating a lack of brood stock capable of supporting a season.

Areas being considered for closure are Cherokee, Delta, Gregg, Hardin, Houston, Hunt, Liberty, Montgomery, Rains, Rusk, San Jacinto, Shelby, Smith, Tyler and Walker counties.

The Jan. 4 meeting is at 7 p.m. at the Shelby County Courthouse, located at 200 San Augustine St. in Center. The Jan. 6 meeting is in the Montgomery County Library at 104 I45N in Conroe at 7 p.m. For those unable to attend either meeting, an online survey on the topic is available.  

Congress extends enhanced tax incentives for conservation easements 

Congress approved prior to its adjournment a TWA-supported extension of enhanced tax incentives for conservation easements, with the incentives retroactive to Jan. 1, 2010 and expiration on Dec. 31, 2011.

Major provisions in the enhanced tax incentive are:

  • Raises the income tax deduction for a conservation easement to 50%
  • Allows farmers and ranchers to deduct up to 100% of adjusted gross income
  • Increases the number of years a donor may claim a conservation easement donation to 16 years

TWA believes a conservation easement is one tool in the landowner’s toolbox that is available for landowners and landowner families to consider as stewards of their property.  

Conservation Legacy Volunteer Training Workshop announced, Feb. 5

A Texas Wildlife Association Conservation Legacy Volunteer Training Workshop is scheduled on Saturday, February 5, 2011, at Gander Mountain in Houston.

The Workshop is from 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. and will include presentations on The History of TWA, Why TWA Needs Volunteers; Membership & Regional Teams; Programs Overview; Communication; Teamwork, and Why and How Someone Would Volunteer for TWA.

For more information, contact TWA Education Program Specialist Koy Coffer at   





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Mark Your Calendar 

"Wildlife, Land & Livestock"
January 29, 2011, Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo (TWA seminars; complimentary grounds admission passes)

TWA Conservation Legacy Volunteer Training Workshop
February 5, 2011, Gander Mountain, Houston

TWA Boots on the Ground
February 14-15, 2011, AT&T Center, Austin

Texas Big Game Awards 
February 15, 2011, entry deadline

WildLife 2011
July 7-10, 2011, JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa

Boy braves dark woods to get help for injured grandfather  

When Dave Vincent fell from a deer stand and was knocked unconscious on December 4, he had one person to rely on for help -- his 10-year-old grandson.

Tyler Vincent of Belton was hunting with his grandfather of Tomball between Goldthwaite and Brownwood when he suddenly found himself alone in the dark with only a tiny lamp on his hunting cap.

Though he didn't yet know his grandfather's hip was fractured, he knew he needed help immediately.  Click here for the inspiring story from the Temple Daily Telegram.    

TWA welcomes new members!
Bill Allen, Temple
Todd Appelman, Gatesville
Mark Barr, Blanco
Mark Bennett, Dayton
Bill Bosley, Wortham
Bobbie Brown, San Juan
Jim Bush, Edinburg
Michael D. Cagle, Comanche
Penny Cannon, Boerne
Felipe Cavazos, McAllen
Tony Chavez, Encino
Jeffrey Chavez, Encino
Johnnie T. Clark, Brownwood
Scott Crane, McAllen
Laura De La Garza, San Juan
Imer De La Garza, San Juan
William Dieterle, Kingsville
Rory Ellison, Decatur
Pace Erbstoesser, McAllen
Mike Fox, Edinburg
Lanny Fryer, Midland
Ruben Garza, Mission
Dan Gipson, Odessa
Sergio Gonzalez, McAllen
Hunter Gossett Family, McAllen
Ray Gray Jr., Harlingen
Ray Gray Sr., Harlingen
Jamie Hallmark, Killeen
Greg Harris, Mission
Tracie Hatch, Corpus Christi
Clarence Heiner, Gatesville
William Hopper, Kingsville
John Hunt, Gatesville
Lance Inderman, New Deal
Michael Jones, Weslaco
Matthew Littlefield, Baton Rouge, LA
Richard Nemmer, Orange Grove
Alyssa O'Connell, Portland
Deanna Pfeffer, Mountain Home
Joseph Pope, Greenwood, IN
Stephen Renard, Dallas
James Rowell, New Iberia, LA
Colton Ruschhaupt, George West
Jacob Seli, Weatherford
Alexa Singh, Corpus Christi
Brady Watts, Jourdanton
Tyler Williams, Tolar
Dos Regalos, Ltd, Alice
Rio Ranch Sales, Harlingen






















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