Presenter: Lydia Saldaña

Commission Agenda Item No. 11
Action
Designation of Representatives
Foreign Travel Resolution
August 2006

I. Executive Summary: The Legislature requires the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission approve use of state funds for foreign travel. Article IX, Section 5.08(i) of the FY 2006-2007 General Appropriations Act, prohibits the expenditure of appropriated funds for foreign travel (except to Canada or Mexico) unless "the board or commission of each state agency has approved the travel before departure."

II. Discussion: Hunter Education: Terry Erwin, Hunter Education Coordinator, and current president of the International Hunter Education Association (IHEA), has been invited to address the South African Hunters and Game Conservation Association regarding hunter education, history, implications and benefits. South Africa recently became members of IHEA whose mission is: To continue the heritage of hunting worldwide by developing safe, responsible and knowledgeable hunters.

Project WILD: Cappy Manly, Project WILD Coordinator, has been invited by the Japan Parks and Recreation Foundation to present a keynote address on the status of environmental education in the United States and a workshop on how to conduct and manage Project WILD workshops and networks.

Mr. Erwin and Ms. Manly's expenses will be paid by the respective foreign organizations that have invited them to present in their countries.

III. Recommendation: The staff recommends approval of the attached resolution by adoption of the following motion:

"The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission adopts the resolution (Exhibit A) authorizing foreign travel by Mr. Terry Erwin and Ms. Cappy Manly."

Attachments – 1

  1. Exhibit A – Foreign Travel Resolution

Commission Agenda Item No. 11
Exhibit A

Designation of Representatives
Foreign Travel Resolution

Whereas, the South African Hunters and Game Conservation Association is recognized as the governmental entity that oversees and provides hunter education training for the hunters of South Africa; and

Whereas, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department recognizes the importance of hunter education as a worldwide, reciprocal program that fosters the reduction of hunting accidents and violations and ensures the hunting heritage in North America and other countries; and

Whereas, Mr. Terry Erwin, Texas Hunter Education Coordinator and current president of the International Hunter Education Association, and in those roles has been invited to address the South African Hunters and Game Conservation Association Annual General Meeting; and

And whereas, the South African Hunters and Game Conservation Association, Pretoria, South Africa, has agreed to pay the expenses for registration, travel, lodging and meals;

Whereas, the Japan Parks and Recreation Foundation is recognized as a key conservation organization in Asia; and

Whereas, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department recognizes the importance of the Project WILD as a key tool in teaching conservation in North America and the world; and

Whereas, Ms. Cappy Manly, Project WILD Coordinator, and recent recipient of national "Coordinator of the Year," in those roles has been invited to present a keynote address on the status of environmental education in the United States and a workshop on how to conduct and manage Project WILD workshops and networks.

And whereas, the Japan Parks and Recreation Foundation have agreed to pay the expenses for registration, travel, lodging and meals;

Now therefore be it resolved by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission that Mr. Terry Erwin is authorized to travel to South Africa to speak on behalf of hunter education for this prestigious national meeting and international membership opportunity.

And that Ms. Cappy Manly is authorized to travel to Japan to attend this prestigious national meeting and international training and membership opportunity.

In official recognition hereof, we hereby affix our signatures as approved this 24th day of August 2006.

  • Joseph B. C. Fitzsimons, Chairman
  • Donato D. Ramos, Vice-Chairman
  • Mark E. Bivins, Member
  • J. Robert Brown, Member
  • T. Dan Friedkin, Member
  • Ned S. Holmes, Member
  • Peter M. Holt, Member
  • Philip Montgomery III, Member
  • John D. Parker, Member
The State of Texas
County of Travis

I, the undersigned Executive Director of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, do hereby certify that the foregoing resolution is a true, full, and correct copy of a resolution adopted by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission of the State of Texas on the 24th day of August 2006.

Executed under my hand and seal of said Commission on this the 24th day of August 2006.

Robert L. Cook
Executive Director
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department


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