February 7, 2011
The Texas Senate is poised to consider SB 18 as early as February 8 following last week's committee approval of the bill that provides meaningful eminent domain reform in Texas.
The 6-0 vote by the Senate Committee on State Affairs moved the legislation to the full Senate for consideration. The bill by State Sen. Craig Estes lists over two-thirds of the chamber's 31 members as co-sponsors. Eminent domain reform is a priority legislative issue for the Texas Wildlife Association.
TWA Vice President of Public Policy Kirby Brown provided testimony at the committee public hearing in support of SB 18. He was the second individual called in the first witness panel. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram anticipates the bill's Senate passage in this article.
The TWA Advocacy Center provides up-to-date information on the status on SB 18 as it moves forward. The bill's language can be viewed by clicking here or by accessing the bill in the Issues and Legislation section of the TWA Advocacy Center.
Eminent domain will be one of several key issues outlined at the TWA Boots on the Ground event, Feb. 14-15, in Austin.
TWA members will walk to the Capitol as part of the event
and meet with their state representative and state senator to discuss policy priorities.
Click here for a Boots on the Ground registration form and for hotel information. The Boots on the Ground event is TWA's most important and effective grassroots advocacy effort during a legislative year.
Texas Brigades now accepting applications for its summer camps
Texas Brigades is now accepting applications for students ages 13-17 to attend one of its five summer camps offering wildlife education and leadership development.
The success of the initial Pronghorn Restoration Benefit will enable the release of 200 pronghorn from the Texas Panhandle to the Marfa Plateau later this month, according to organizers.
The January 29 benefit, held at Alpine’s Granada Theatre, raised $50,000 to match a challenge grant from two foundations.
“The benefit was a huge success,” said Dr. Louis Harveson, professor of Natural Resource Management and director of the Borderlands Research Institute at Sul Ross State University, as well as a member of the Trans-Pecos Pronghorn Working Group. “The Challenge Grant the Dixon Water Foundation and Horizon Foundations provided really helped propel our fundraising efforts. We were able to meet that $50,000 challenge which will net us an additional $50,000 from the foundations.”
“Those funds will allow us to bring 200 pronghorn from the Panhandle and then release them onto the Marfa Plateau later this month,” added Shawn Gray, Pronghorn Program Leader with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. “We’re currently finalizing our plans for the pronghorn restoration effort. We will then monitor the pronghorn to evaluate if the restoration effort was successful. If everything goes well, we will release another 200 pronghorn in 2012.”
QuailMasters is a series of intensive, hands-on training sessions designed to expose participants to the best of the best quail habitat in the state of Texas and make them "masters" of the art and science of quail management.
Applicants for the 2011 QuailMasters program are now being sought. The program is a joint effort of the Texas Widlife Association and the Texas AgriLife Extension Service.
QuailMasters will enhance a participant's decision-making skills relative to three phases of quail management:
Click here for 2011 QuailMasters registration form.