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[ General Media Contact: Business Hours, 512-389-4406 ]
[ Additional Contacts: Dr. Billy Higginbotham, (903) 834-6191, b-higginbotham@tamu.edu ]
Feb. 11, 2008
Largemouth Bass Seminar Set for Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center
ATHENS, Texas -- If growing and catching bigger largemouth bass in your private pond or lake are your goals, mark your calendar for March 28 and 29.
Texas AgriLife Extension, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, in cooperation with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Henderson County Wildlife Committee, will present a seminar at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens entitled "The Largemouth Bass: Better Fishing Through Private Water Management."
To pre-register for the conference, call (979) 845-2604.
"The program is designed primarily for landowners who manage their own impoundments for bass fishing," said conference organizer Billy Higginbotham, Ph.D., of Texas A&M University. "Program topics will include basic pond management such as water quality, controlling exotic vegetation, bass diseases and parasites, fertilization, feeding and stocking strategies. There will also be sessions on cutting-edge bass management techniques. This program is a must for anyone wanting to raise and catch really big bass in their ponds."
Presenters at the conference will include some of the best-known bass experts from the southern United States. Barry Smith of the American Sport Fish Hatchery in Alabama will report on his efforts to use selective breeding to grow bigger bass that are easier to catch. Bassmaster Elite angler Alton Jones will speak on how to catch bass. There will also be a session on how to age bass using otoliths, a necessary component of successful management of a fishery. Attendees will also get a close-up view of modern scientific bass management as practiced by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, including a behind-the-scenes tour of TFFC's ShareLunker spawning and rearing facility.
Program Highlights
Friday, March 28
Vendor set-up 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Registration 10 a.m. to 5: 30 p.m.
Program begins 1:00 p.m.
--Welcome -- Phil Durocher, Director, Inland Fisheries Division, TPWD
--Pond Renovation -- Jim Rogers, National Resources Conservation Service
--Aging Largemouth Bass Using Otoliths
--Measuring Ponds/Testing Water Quality
--Electrofishing/Shoreline Seining Demonstration
--Bass Spawning Facility Behind-the-Scenes Tour
--Catfish Fry
--Visit with Alton Jones
Saturday, March 29
--Basic Pond Ecology -- Michael Masser, Texas AgriLife Extension Service
--Water Quality Management -- Peter Woods, Texas AgriLife Extension Service
--Pond Fertilization/Fish Feeding -- Peter Woods, Texas AgriLife Extension Service
--Fish Stocking Strategies -- Malcolm Johnson, Johnson Lake Management
--Do-it-Yourself Fish Population Assessment -- Billy Higginbotham, Texas AgriLife Extension Service
--Pond Management Mythbusting -- Rich Noble, North Carolina State University
--Enhancing/Establishing Aquatic Vegetation -- Rick Ott, TPWD
--Operation World Record -- Allen Forshage, TPWD
--Largemouth Bass DNA Research Update -- Dijar Lutz-Carrillo, TPWD
--Better Bass Fishing Through Genetics -- Barry Smith, American Sport Fish Hatchery
--Aquatic Weed Control -- Michael Masser, Texas AgriLife Extension Service
--Managing Problem Wildlife -- Mike Bodenchuk, Wildlife Services
--Largemouth Bass Diseases and Parasite, Michael Masser, Texas AgriLife Extension Service
--"Ask the Experts" Panel
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On the Net:
http://agrilifevents.tamu.edu/events/index.cfm
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[ Additional Contacts: Ashley Gwilliam, (512) 389-4577, ashley.gwilliam@tpwd.texas.gov or Tom Harvey, (512) 389-4453, tom.harvey@tpwd.texas.gov ]
Feb. 11, 2008
Texas Buffalo Soldiers Events Set for Spring, Summer 2008
AUSTIN -- In the spirit of Black History Month in February, the Texas Buffalo Soldiers will begin a series of statewide educational events to entertain and inform Texans of all ages about the contributions made and the challenges faced by black soldiers on the western frontier of Texas.
Blacks made up 20 percent of the U.S. Cavalry* during the Indian Wars of the late 1800s, including soldiers of the U.S. Army's 9th and 10th Cavalry Regiments. American Indians nicknamed these fighters "Buffalo Soldiers."
Besides getting a glimpse into the day-to-day lives of the soldiers, event participants will also learn the ways in which Hispanic vaqueros, American Indians and frontier women shaped Texas history.
"The main focus is on the Buffalo Soldiers, but you can't get away from the Texas story itself," said Luis Padilla, program coordinator. "All different cultures played a role in developing what we have today in Texas. For example, a lot of what we know about horses and riding comes from the vaqueros. The first rodeos were held by vaqueros in Mexico."
The Texas Buffalo Soldiers is a statewide network of organizations and volunteers dedicated to youth education through historical reenactments and exhibits. The group, which is co-sponsored by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas Historical Commission, was founded in 1991. Though Black History Month marks the beginning of the Texas Buffalo Soldiers' 2008 event schedule, July has been designated "Texas Buffalo Soldiers Heritage Month" by the Texas Legislature, and many of the program's featured events take place in July.
Buffalo Soldier Events for 2008 are scheduled as follows:
Feb. 7, Life of a Buffalo Soldier
George Bush Presidential Library -- College Station
This is an educational program geared toward junior high and high school students. The program features a 45 minute presentation on the life of the Ninth Cavalry on campaign. Historical story telling and exhibits will give the audience a look into the day to day life of a buffalo soldier. The two presentations, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., will take place in the Frymire Auditorium of the Presidential Conference Center. For reservations call or email Monica Lerma: (979) 691-4006, Monica.Lerma@nara.gov.
Feb. 12, Posting of the Colors, Texas Travel Industry Association Unity Dinner
The Hilton Hotel -- Austin
The Texas Buffalo Soldiers Regiment will have the honor of posting the Colors in the opening ceremonies of the yearly meeting of the TTIA. Three talented story-tellers -- Dennis Gaines, Don Sanders and Sheila Starks Phillips -- will be apart of the event. For more information, contact Jennifer Roush, director of events, at (512) 476-4472.
Feb. 20, Life of a Buffalo Soldier
Austin Community College -- Riverside Campus
Among other activities, the Texas Buffalo Soldiers will give a 30 minute presentation on the life of the Ninth Cavalry on campaign. The event will be from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
March 28-30, Living History Event and School Day
Fort McKavett State Historical Site -- Menard County
A military encampment and other displays will be set up by the Buffalo Soldiers and other volunteers to give examples of the early heritage days of Texas.
April 12, Living History Days
Mission Tejas State Park -- Houston County
Hands on displays and exhibits demonstrating the early heritage days of Texas will be accessible for public tours. Schools interested in booking a field trip for the event should contact Mission Tejas State Park at (936) 687-2394.
April 25, 26, Lake Brownwood State Park Open House and School Day
Lake Brownwood State Park -- Brown County
Displays and exhibits demonstrating the early heritage days of Texas will be available for area schools. The Buffalo Soldiers will have a military encampment set up and will host 15 minute presentations on the life of the Ninth Cavalry on campaign. Schools interested in booking a field trip for the event should contact Lake Brownwood State Park at (325) 784-5223.
May 14, Lake Arrowhead State Park School Day
Lake Arrowhead State Park -- Clay County
Displays and exhibits demonstrating the early heritage days of Texas will be available for area schools. The Buffalo Soldiers will host 15 minute presentations on the life of the Ninth Cavalry on campaign for each class. Schools interested in booking a field trip for the event should contact Lake Arrowhead State Park at (940) 528-2211.
June 28, 29, Texas Last Frontier Heritage Celebration
Cochran County Park -- Cochran County
Displays and exhibits demonstrating the early heritage days of Texas will be available to the public. The Buffalo Soldiers will host presentations on the life of the Ninth Cavalry on campaign. The event will be a celebration of the heritage of the area, which is an important part of the story of Texas.
July 5, 12, 19, 26, Texas Buffalo Soldiers Heritage Month
HemisFair Park** -- San Antonio
In celebrating Texas Buffalo Soldiers Heritage Month, the San Antonio Buffalo Soldiers, with the assistance of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, will host a month long celebration of the heritage of Texas and the role buffalo soldiers played. Each week will highlight a different aspect of each culture in the Texas story. Native American story tellers and military encampments from the Buffalo Soldiers are just some of the many exhibits that will be available throughout the month.
* Correction, March 20, 2008: When this release was first posted, the word cavalry was misspelled throughout the release. The spelling has been corrected. (Return to corrected item.)
** Correction, June 9, 2008: The original version of this news release incorrectly stated the name of the park. The name is now correct. (Return to corrected item.) -- San Antonio
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On the Net:
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/learning/community_outreach_programs/buffalo_soldiers/
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[ Additional Contacts: Wanda Olszewski, (915) 857-1135, wanda.olszewski@tpwd.texas.gov; Tom Harvey, (512) 389-4453, tom.harvey@tpwd.texas.gov ]
Feb. 11, 2008
Mushroom Boulder Climbing Area At Hueco Tanks Closed
EL PASO, Texas -- The north face of Hueco Tanks State Historic Site's Mushroom Boulder was closed to all activities Dec. 22, 2007. Archeological resource protection necessitated the closure. Signs are in place to identify the sensitive area, and rangers are available to answer public questions.
In fall 2007, archeology staff from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's Cultural Resources Program assessed several areas at Hueco Tanks. The areas were checked for signs of risk to archeological deposits, such as loss of vegetation, erosion or other changes that had occurred over time. Photographs of sites were compared to photographs taken of the same areas in previous years.
Although most of the areas checked were in good condition, significant changes were noted at Mushroom Boulder, a popular climbing spot in Hueco Tanks' self-guided area. The boulder lies within one of Hueco Tanks State Historic Site's archeological localities. The area preserves significant cultural deposits dating to prehistoric times. As is true in many localities, the most significant cultural deposits are those protected by overhangs.
During monitoring, it was found that soils beneath the overhang on Mushroom Boulder's northern face had been loosened and eroded. As a consequence, cultural deposits were no longer protected by surrounding sediments and there were indications that these deposits had been disturbed. This impact was found in the area where foot traffic and crash pad placement were concentrated, due to the overhang's popularity as a bouldering area. TPWD's archeologist recommended closing the area to foot traffic.
Preservation of Hueco Tanks State Historic Site's cultural and natural features is the site's primary mission and is required by law. Permanent closure of Mushroom Boulder's north face to climbing activities was necessary to meet this obligation. Hueco Tanks SHS also has a mission to provide recreational opportunities, and the staff works with affected groups to try to balance diverse needs and provide the best possible visitor experiences. The self-guided area at Hueco Tanks State Historic Site holds a wide variety of bouldering areas, and no additional closures are planned at this time.
Staff from TPWD's Cultural Resources Program discussed the Mushroom Boulder closure at a January presentation hosted by the Hueco Rock Ranch (a nearby private campground and guide service). Two department experts, Tim Roberts, Regional Cultural Resources Coordinator and Margaret Howard, Archeologist and Survey Team Leader, presented information and answered questions.
For more information, call Hueco Tanks State Historic Site at (915) 857-1135.
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On the Net:
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/hueco_tanks/
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[ Media Contact: Larry Hodge, 903-676-2277, larry.hodge@tpwd.texas.gov ] [LH]
Feb. 11, 2008
Prizes Lure State-Fish Art Contestants
ATHENS, Texas -- Every student in the Texas division of Wildlife Forever's State-Fish Art Contest will be a winner.
The annual contest is open to students in grades 4 through 12, and each student who enters the 2008 contest will receive a free fishing lure courtesy of Strike King Lure Company.
But wait. There's more.
The first-place winner in the grades 10-12 division will win $1,000. Second place will be awarded $750, and third place $500.
In the grades 4-6 and 7-9 divisions, first-place winners will receive a $100 savings bond, with $75 and $50 bonds going to second- and third-place winners respectively.
"We hope students will use these prizes to help further their education," said Zoe Ann Stinchcomb, Texas coordinator of the contest.
But wait. There's more.
The first-place winner in each grade-level division will receive airfare and lodging at the contest hotel in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to compete in the national competition for Best of Show and Art of Conservation stamp honors.
The prizes and travel awards were made possible by a generous donation from the Toyota Texas Bass Classic.
In 2007, Clayton Bowen of Eagle Lake, Texas, won the Art of Conservation stamp award. Texas led the nation with 580 entries in the contest.
Deadline for entering the 2008 contest is March 31. For rules, entry form and more information, visit the Texas State-Fish Art Contest web page.
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On the Net:
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/fishart
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[ Media Contact: Rob McCorkle, 830-866-3533, robert.mccorkle@tpwd.texas.gov ] [RM]
Feb. 11, 2008
Spring Digital Photo Workshop Slated for Big Bend Ranch
PRESIDIO, Texas -- Photo buffs still struggling to master their digital cameras and photo editing software can improve their abilities at the spring digital photo workshop April 25-27 at Big Bend Ranch State Park in deep West Texas.
Workshop participants will journey to different scenic spots on the sprawling ranch to shoot photos of mountain vistas, desert water features and blooming Chihuahua Desert flora, abundant wildlife and the occasional longhorn.
Conducting the workshop is Jim Carr, a retired commercial photographer, who provides hands-on instruction on how to capture the best images and edit them on a computer. Carr has been conducting trail rides and photo workshops at the scenic 300,000-acre state park and working cattle ranch for more than 17 years. He says instruction is geared toward beginning and intermediate digital photo enthusiasts.
Workshop participants will learn how to properly light and compose a picture, and what to do with pictures after they've been taken, according to Carr. Instruction will touch on digital photo storage and organization, as well as how to delete, edit and resize the image for e-mailing, printing or posting on a Web site.
The $400 workshop cost includes meals, lodging, all park fees and transportation in connection with the on-site workshop. Workshop participants will meet at Fort Leaton State Historic Site in Presidio and be transported to Big Bend Ranch.
Participants meet at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 25, at Fort Leaton State Historic Site three miles east of Presidio on FM 170. The group will proceed to Sauceda, the ranch headquarters, to unpack and have a light lunch before heading out to take pictures. On both Friday and Saturday evenings after dinner, participants will assemble to look at the day's work and learn ways to correct image problems.
Sunday morning is reserved for a discussion about what to do with the hundreds of photos that have been taken. After lunch on Sunday, participants are free to take photos on their own anywhere on the ranch before heading home.
To register for the workshop, call Big Bend Ranch State Park at (432) 229-3416. For additional information about the workshops, call Carr at (281) 486-8070 or send an e-mail to jcpic@sbcglobal.net.
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