Presenter: Carter Smith

Commission Agenda Item No. 2
Action
Resolution
Naming of the John D. Parker East Texas State Fish Hatchery
March 26, 2009

I. Executive Summary: Staff will present a resolution for adoption requesting that the new fish hatchery in East Texas be named in honor of Texas Parks and Wildlife Commissioner John D. Parker.

II. Discussion: In recognition of the late Commissioner John D. Parker's support for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and for the new fish hatchery currently under construction in Jasper County, Texas staff is recommending that the new hatchery be named the John D. Parker East Texas State Fish Hatchery.

III. Recommendation: Staff recommends the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission adopt the following motion:

"The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission approves the resolution shown in Exhibit A naming the new East Texas fish hatchery as the John D. Parker East Texas State Fish Hatchery."

Attachments - 1

  1. Exhibit A - Resolution

Commission Agenda Item No. 2
Exhibit A

Resolution
Naming of the John D. Parker East Texas State Fish Hatchery

Whereas, in November 2003, John D. Parker, of Lufkin, Texas was appointed by Governor Rick Perry to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission; and,

Whereas, Commissioner Parker served as a Texas Parks and Wildlife Commissioner and as Chairman of the Commission's Ad Hoc Infrastructure Committee until the date of his death on January 26, 2009; and

Whereas, Commissioner Parker deeply loved wildlife and the outdoors and was a tireless champion for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and was particularly passionate about ensuring that all Texans, young and old, were given an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, through fishing, hunting, shooting sports or visiting a state park; and,

Whereas, Commissioner Parker's devotion to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department was constantly on display, whether he was advocating for marine resources in the Gulf of Mexico, for additional funding for state parks, or for introducing shooting sports to Texas schools; and,

Whereas, among Commissioner Parker's many passions was the campaign to bring a new freshwater fish hatchery to his beloved East Texas; and,

Now, therefore, be it resolved that the new East Texas fish hatchery currently under construction in Jasper County Texas, is hereby named the John D. Parker East Texas State Fish Hatchery.

In official recognition of the adoption of this resolution in a lawfully called public meeting of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission, we hereby affix our signatures this 26th day of March 2009.

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Peter M. Holt, Chairman

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T. Dan Friedkin, Vice-Chairman

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Mark E. Bivins, Member

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J. Robert Brown, Member

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Ralph H. Duggins, Member

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Antonio Falcon M.D., Member

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Karen J. Hixon, Member

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Margaret Martin, Member


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