January 17, 2011
TWA establishes priorities for legislative session, targets goals in Austin
The Texas Wildlife Association has established its legislative priorities for the 82nd Legislature. The list, approved by the TWA Executive Committee, provides the organization direction on the legislative priorities it seeks to accomplish this session.
Highlighting the priority list are:
- Re-affirm groundwater as a vested, real property right of Texas landowners
- Secure additional protections for private property owners against eminent domain abuse
- Protect current laws providing agriculture/wildlife property tax valuation
Click here for the complete list of TWA legislative priorities.
TWA members will promote and pursue the organization's policy goals in Austin, February 14-15, 2011, as part of TWA's Boots on the Ground event. Click here for registration form. The reservation deadline for overnight rooms in the TWA block at the AT&T Center is Monday, January 24, so reserve your room today!
Discovery Trunks, Distance Learning programs available for classrooms
The Texas Wildlife Association believes that today's children are tomorrow's decision makers. One of TWA's missions is to create an awareness among Texas youth of natural resources, our native Texas habitats and wildlife, and wildlife conservation-related issues.
TWA offers programs through its L.A.N.D.S. Outreach Division to help enhance classroom studies through natural resources, habitat and wildlife conservation educational materials that are fun, hands-on and TEKS aligned.
Discovery Trunks are filled with lessons, activities, and hands-on materials that classrooms can utilize at no charge for two weeks in discovering how our natural wildlife here in Texas is connected with the habitats around us.
Distance Learning programs (offered via videoconferencing) bring wildlife and natural resources to the classroom for 50-minute sessions of fun, interactive, TEKS-aligned learning.
U.S. Sen. Hutchison to not seek another term in 2012, candidates surfacing
U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison's announcement Thursday that she would not seek another term in 2012 caps a nearly two-decade U.S. Senate run that made her one of the most popular figures in Texas and set off a long-awaited frenzy for the coveted seat, according to the Dallas Morning News.
Hutchison, a Dallas Republican, said it was time to close the book on her Senate career and begin the transition to a new senator. Click here for the full article.
Prescribed burn workshop scheduled in Washington County, Jan. 28
Landowners, county officials, and local volunteer firefighters interested in learning about prescribed burning will have an opportunity on Friday, January 28, at the Washington County Fairgrounds VIP Building in Brenham.
The workshop will feature a wide array of speakers and topics that include laws covering prescribed burns, prescribed burn planning from start to finish, fire weather, smoke control, and safety conditions. Information will also be given on how prescribed burn co-ops can assist landowners. Click here for more information.
Grant from Pepsi could enhance TWA Distance Learning efforts
TWA's videoconference service organization, Connect2Texas, is in the running for a $250,000 grant from Pepsi.
If Connect2Texas receives the grant, it has promised all $250,000 to its content providers, including TWA, to enhance distance learning efforts. In order to win, they must receive the highest or second highest number of votes of all applicants. Votes in the contest can be cast by clicking here.
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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
July 7-10, 2011, JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa
Members of the TWA Executive Committee and TWA Board of Directors enjoyed the warmth and hospitality of the Kerr Wildlife Management Area near Hunt, January 12-13, as part of its leadership meetings. TWA Treasurer Greg Simons (right) presents Kerr WMA manager and TWA Director Donnie Frels with a gift of appreciation from the organization.
TYHP concludes largest single weekend of youth hunt activity
This past weekend featured 10 youth hunts and 175 youth hunters in the most active weekend of the year for the Texas Youth Hunting Program (TYHP).
The exceptional weekend coincided with the state's January Youth Only Hunting Season.
The weekend was punctuated by the 8th Annual Cave Creek Wildlife Management Association (WMA) Super Hunt, billed as the “Largest Youth Hunting Event in the World,” hosted 59 hunters and well over 200 total participants, including landowners.
Click here for a full summary of the weekend's youth hunting activities.
TWA welcomes new members!
Cheryl Brandt, Briggs
Steven Bridges, Goldthwaite
David Brigham, Austin
Rich Brown, Goldthwaite
Steve Burnett, San Saba
John Byrd, San Saba
Les Copeland, Georgetown
Nelbert Corgey, Houston
Lanny Daugherty, Wichita Falls
Gwen Dean, Cherokee
Jennifer Dickey, Santa Fe, NM
Anthony Duke Jr., Alvin
Steve Dyer, San Saba
Lester Evans, Gatesville
James Everett, San Saba
Steve Fogle, Goldthwaite
Carter Ghrist, Argyle
James Glick, Lexington
James Goodson, Hockley
Tom Guthrie, Goldthwaite
Robert Hall, Goldthwaite
Cheree Hamblem, Goldthwaite
Chris Harrison, Fort Worth
Clint Head, Teague
Michael Hersey, Houston
Patrick Hightower, Tyler
John Hill, Canyon Lake
Daniel Houston, San Antonio
Kevin Howard, Lake Dallas
Scott Huddleston, Sidney
Keith Hudson, Goldthwaite