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Texas Wildlife Association - Sighted in and ready for legislation session
Texas Wildlife Association

January, 2011

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January 7, 2011

TWA ready for legislative session, tracking bills of interest in Austin

The 82nd Texas Legislature convenes next Tuesday, and the Texas Wildlife Association is already tracking bills of interest that have been filed for consideration in the 140-day session. 

Fourteen bills are now positioned and linked on the TWA Advocacy Center, with TWA's position on the bill highlighted. 

Included in the early group are bills regarding eminent domain, a priority issue for TWA this session. Eminent domain is expected to be assigned "emergency" status by Governor Perry, providing even greater emphasis on this critical issue in the legislative process. 

Sign-up at the TWA Advocacy Center to receive important Action Alerts and Legislative Updates from the organization.

Benefit dinner to support pronghorn restoration in the Trans-Pecos

Pronghorn populations in the Trans-Pecos have experienced unprecedented declines and are at an allPronghorn Restoration Benefit, Jan. 29 time low of less than 4,800. 

Responding to the crisis, West Texas landowners, sportsmen, civic leaders, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, concerned citizens, and researchers with the Borderlands Research Institute have rallied together to raise money to restock pronghorn to rangelands where their numbers have been depleted.

A benefit dinner and dance is on Saturday, January 29, at the Granada Theatre in Alpine. 

All funds and donations from the benefit dinner and dance will be used to cover costs associated with utilizing surplus pronghorn populations in the Texas Panhandle and restocking and monitoring those pronghorn in the Trans-Pecos.

For more information about the pronghorn project, where to purchase tickets, or how you can donate to the project, click here or call the Borderlands Research Institute at (432) 837-8488 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (432) 837-8488      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.  

Share wildlife message at Life's Better Outside Experience  

The Texas Wildlife Association is once again supporting the Life’s Better Outside® Experience (LBOE) sponsored by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, and TWA volunteers are now signing-up to share the message of wildlife and natural resource conservation at three LBOE events this year.  

TWA volunteers are assisting in San Antonio, Feb. 19-20, at the San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo; in Houston, March 5-6, at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo; and in Fort Worth, May 6-8, at Mayfest.  The LBOE is a program designed to provide outdoor activities for families, youth and children who do not currently enjoy the outdoors, and to introduce them to these activities that can lead to conservation of our natural and cultural resources.  

A LBOE Volunteer Registration Packet is available.

The principal display themes in the TWA portion of the LBOE will be a TWA general informational booth with program information, a skins and skulls exhibit and table, and a Laser Shot activity. TWA will provide lunch and refreshments for its volunteers, and parking and admission to the event will be free for the volunteer.   

TWA welcomes Meuth to its Conservation Legacy team in Houston   

The Texas Wildlife Association welcomes Mary Pearl Meuth to its Conservation Legacy team. Mary Pearl will be working as an independent contractor in the Houston and surrounding area. Her focus will be youth education.

Mary Pearl MeuthMary Pearl was raised in St. Petersburg, Florida. She grew up pier fishing, duck hunting on Lake Okeechobee, and spending her summers at “Manners Camp” with her grandparents in Uvalde, Texas. Mary Pearl received her Bachelor's of Science in Wildlife & Fisheries Science from Texas A&M in 2007.

While attending, Mary Pearl was a member of the Corps of Cadets student organization and Aggie Replant. She spent her college summers working in Ft Collins, Colorado, for the Fisheries Cooperative Unit at Colorado State University incubating live specimen of tubifex worms (about the size of a strand of hair) and assisting with field work, such as raft electroshocking and catch and tag fly fishing.   

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mark Your Calendar 

Wildlife for Lunch Webinar Series
January 20, Wildlife Tax Valuation
February 17, Nutrition - The Pros and Cons of Supplemental Fee

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

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

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

Texas Big Game Awards
February 15, entry deadline

Life's Better Outside Experience
February 18-20, San Antonio
March 5-6, Houston
May 6-8, Fort Worth

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

Staples: Groundwater rights should stay with land ownership

Te debate over groundwater continues to boil as state courts are being asked to determine who owns the water, says Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples in a guest column in the San Antonio Express-News.

Whether you are a resident of San Antonio, San Angelo or San Augustine, water policy in Texas must be fair and provide for all needs. We must not continue fighting over the same piece of pie but work together to enjoy a bigger slice. Texans can do better.

A case pending before the Supreme Court of Texas, Edwards Aquifer Authority and the State of Texas vs. Burrell Day and Joel McDaniel, calls into question whether landowners have vested property rights in groundwater. This is cause for concern not only for landowners but for all Texans.

If the EAA gets its way, years of law and precedent could be reversed as government could gain authority to reduce or limit a landowner's right to pump water without due process or compensation.

What would that mean to you? A lot.

Panhandle bracing for coldest weather of the season 

The National Weather Service says arctic air will move into the Texas Panhandle late Sunday, ushering in the coldest weather of the season so far.

A prolonged period of sub-freezing temperatures is expected, with high temperatures on Monday and Tuesday only expected to reach the 20s. In addition, the National Weather Service says strong northerly winds will create dangerously cold wind chills Monday through Wednesday morning. Some light snow accumulations are possible.

TWA welcomes new members!
David Boyles, Houston
Nicole Alonso, Rockport
Tanya Box, Taft
Laynna Burke, Houston
John Burns, Crockett
John Challis, Austin
Juliana Connolly, San Antonio
Oran Davis, Fort Worth
Aidan Flores, Ingleside
Tessa Flores, Ingleside
Cody Hamer, Weimar
Elizabeth Hinton, Dallas
Tony Huffstuttler, League City
Troy Jambers, Whitsett
Cordell Jarzombek, Falls City
Casey Jones, Hallettsville
Allison Bentke, Burton
Michael Crooks, San Angelo
Jim Culberson, Humble
Rocky Engemoen, Austin|
Hugh Guill, Boerne
Scott Houdek, Dallas
Ron Massingill, Granbury
Mike Messman, Becker, MN
Michael Moore, Odessa
William Muckleroy, Nacogdoches
David Riley, College Station
Cody Ringer, Kingsville
Abel Rodriguez Jr., Plano
Richard Trantham, Stanton
M. M. A. Cattle Co., Inc., Houston
Rolling B Ranch, Abilene
Spring Mesa Ranch, Cross Plains
Tim Arnold, Edinburg
Wyatt Bolding, Taylor
Sandy Miller, Brookshire
Trent Parish, Longview
Renita Schroeder, Normangee
Gary Sitton, Abilene
Chad Stanley, Midland
Michelle Wood, Irving



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