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[ General Media Contact: Business Hours, 512-389-4406 ]
[ Additional Contacts: Joanne Avant (512) 389-8562 or joanne.avant@tpwd.texas.gov or Bryan Frazier (512) 826-8703 or bryan.frazier@tpwd.texas.gov ]
Jan. 22, 2013
Civilian Conservation Corps Exhibit to Show at Bullock Museum
Handcrafted Furniture, Metalwork, Other Items Featured from Famed Depression-Era Program
AUSTIN--The Civilian Conservation Corps, once dubbed the "Tree Army" by president Franklin D. Roosevelt, will be on display as part of a special exhibition Feb. 1-June 30 on the third floor of the Bullock State History Museum, located downtown.
The exhibit will display photographs, maps, postcards, original CCC-fabricated furniture and decorative arts, and even original enrollee booklets, camp newsletters and personal mementos from CCC camps that were located throughout parks in Texas. All items available for viewing date back to the 1930s and 1940s, and highlight the mission of this unique and historic federal government program.
"We're excited to see the spotlight put on the CCC at a high-profile destination like the Bullock Museum," says Joanne Avant, chief curator with Texas Parks and Wildlife. "The CCC has such an interesting story to tell, and, through their hard work almost 80 years ago is still a relevant part of the visitor experience at state parks all over Texas."
As part of F.D.R.'s New Deal package to address the nation's economic struggles from the Great Depression, the CCC helped build roads, lodges, bridges, trails, cabins, recreation halls, and many other infrastructure projects at hundreds of state, local and national parks across the U.S. Texas, currently operates 29 CCC-built state parks, which were constructed during the 1930s and early 1940s, and formed the core of today's 95-unit-strong state park system.
On Feb. 6, Katie Rainey, a park interpreter from Bastrop State Park -a park that was built by the CCC--is scheduled to conduct a talk at noon at the Bullock Museum titled "Learning to Work," an interactive presentation about life as a CCC camp member, featuring CCC uniforms, tools and other objects that visitors can observe and hold.
The CCC was designed to put young men to work during a time of severe unemployment and economic downturn, while at the same time improve and help preserve many of the nation's parks and forests. More than 3 million Americans, most between the ages of 18 and 25, joined the CCC from 1933 until its disbandment in 1942, with an estimated 50,000 men assigned to camps in the Lone Star State.
For more information, visit the following Web sites: TPWD at www.texasstateparks.org, http://www.texascccparks.org, or the Bullock State History Museum at http://www.thestoryoftexas.com.
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[ Media Contact: Tom Harvey, 512-389-4453, tom.harvey@tpwd.texas.gov ] [TH]
Jan. 22, 2013
Coalition Launches Texas Natural Resource/Environmental Literacy Plan
First Lady Laura Bush To Speak, Experts Gather Jan. 25-26 in San Antonio
SAN ANTONIO - For the generation of the great indoors, when most Texans don't know where their drinking water comes from and may struggle to navigate similar environmental issues , a broad coalition of statewide natural resource and education leaders is gathering here Friday, Jan. 25 to start implementing the Texas Natural Resource/Environmental Literacy Plan. The plan provides a framework for natural resource teaching through education, recreation and life-long learning.
The Texas Natural Resource/Environmental Literacy Summit runs 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25 and 8:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 at the TriPoint Conference Center, 3233 N. St. Mary's Street in San Antonio.
Former First Lady Laura Bush will deliver the summit keynote address at 11:30 a.m. Friday. In 2011, Mrs. Bush and a board of scientific experts, private landowners, conservationists, and businesspeople founded Taking Care of Texas, a nonprofit organization which recognizes the many benefits of conservation literacy, especially for its vital role in the future of Texas's land and water resources.
"As the trend away from outdoor experiences, upbringing, and learning deepens, we face sobering consequences for our health and well-being," said Carter Smith, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department executive director, who will introduce Mrs. Bush at the summit. "But we can reverse this trend. We can restore our children's well-being and their relationship with Texas's rich natural and cultural heritage."
Smith and other summit leaders emphasized that environmental literacy is a non-partisan effort.
"It's not a process of advancing any one agenda," Smith said. "It's about building science-based knowledge and experiences to help people make informed choices. With the long-term challenges our state faces, such as how to provide water for people and the environment, we can't afford an illiterate citizenry when it comes to our natural resources."
Environmental literacy connects with a companion issue: the problem of increasingly urban families and children growing up disconnected from nature and the outdoors. The literacy plan is backed by the more than 60 organizations that launched the Texas Partnership for Children and Nature in late 2010. It also arises in part from the federal No Child Left Inside Act (HR 2054).
The effort is motivated by some sobering statistics:
--Children ages 8-to-18 spend an average of 7.5 hours a day, over 50 hours per week, connected to a television, computer, video games and other electronic media.
--A child is six times more likely to play a video game than ride a bike.
--According to the Texas Education Agency's Fitnessgram©, less a third of Texas youth are physically fit, and fitness levels decline in the upper grades. There is a strong correlation between a student's fitness and scholastic success.
The good news is studies show the problems are solvable. Families can reconnect with nature, children who play in nature are healthier, happier and smarter, and literacy can be improved by common-sense steps called for in the plan.
Although the No Child Left Inside Act focuses on grades PreK-12, the Texas environmental literacy plan is broader, involving adults and communities as well as young people and schools. The plan has six main components: Lifelong Learning and Community Connections, Formal Education, Informal Education, Professional Development, Assessment and Funding and Support.
See details about the Jan. 25-26 summit conference and read the Texas environmental literacy plan on the Texas Association for Environmental Education website.
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[ Additional Contacts: Amber Conrad, McKinney Falls State Park education specialist, amber.conrad@tpwd.texas.gov (512) 415-8793 ]
Jan. 22, 2013
McKinney Falls State Park to host CenTex Survival Fair
AUSTIN -- Calling all wilderness survival experts-in-training! The CenTex Survival Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 23. at McKinney Falls State Park in Austin.
"I absolutely cannot wait for this event," said Amber Conrad, park ranger. "We'll have local food and bluegrass music as we educate people about outdoor safety through awesome activities like fire-building and a geocache challenge. You can't beat it."
Fair-goers will have the opportunity to meet first responders responsible for outdoor emergency services and learn about their jobs by crawling through fire engines, ambulances, rescue boats and other vehicles, seeing live demonstrations and trying on rescue equipment. Walk-in Take 10 CPR trainings will be available at the fair through Austin-Travis County EMS. Activities such as archery, flint knapping, atlatl throwing, a geocache challenge and live wildlife shows will be available all day.
The fair will feature a Go Fish! youth fishing workshop where children can earn their Junior Angler Education pins while learning to tie basic knots, identify fish and get a chance to catch their first fish. Children may start the 30-minute rotating station workshop at any point during the event. There will be a fishing contest with prizes for children and adults. Because fishing is free in all state parks, anglers do not need a fishing license to participate but must register for the contest before beginning to fish.
Activities and booths will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with tacos, barbeque and fresh kettle corn from local vendors, as well as general concessions and live music throughout the day. Survival hikes on a one-mile loop will last about half an hour and leave the Smith Visitor's Center at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
The CenTex Survival Fair is hosted by the park's volunteer group, the Friends of McKinney Falls State Park. Proceeds for this event support the group's Junior Ranger Summer Camp, an affordable outdoor day camp benefiting city youth ages 9-12 held annually at McKinney Falls. Registration for the camp begins in March on the group's website at http://www.mckinneyfalls.org/.
The CenTex Survival Fair event is free and open to the public after park entrance fees. State Park Pass holders and children 12 years of age and younger are admitted without charge. McKinney Falls is located in Austin's backyard just off U.S. 183. The park is completely within the city limits of Austin and features two natural water falls, miles of hiking and biking trails, campgrounds and the City of Austin's Tree of the Year "Old Baldy".
For more information about this event, or to register a group of 10 or more for special raffle entry, please contact amber.conrad@tpwd.texas.gov, visit facebook.com/centexSurvivalFair or follow twitter.com/MckinneyFalls.
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[ Media Contact: Larry Hodge, 903-676-2277, larry.hodge@tpwd.texas.gov ] [LH]
Jan. 22, 2013
Edward Parten Tapped for Induction into Texas Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame
Kingwood man honored for long history of conservation work
ATHENS--Edward Parten of Kingwood, owner of a construction firm, has been selected as the 2013 inductee into the Texas Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame.
He will be formally inducted into the Hall of Fame at a banquet at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens on June 1.
Parten was a charter member of Texas Black Bass Unlimited and held several offices in that organization, including president, board member and political liaison. In the latter capacity he represented the interests of Texas anglers numerous times in testimony before the Texas Legislature.
Parten was also a member and officer in the Texas Association of Bass Clubs and was founder and president of the Sensible Management of Aquatic Resources Team, which advocated the use of mechanical control of nuisance aquatic vegetation instead of the use of chemicals. He also served as environmental director of the Texas B.A.S.S. Federation Nation, tournament director for the East Texas chapter of the B.A.S.S. Federation Nation and tournament director for Angler's Choice, and is a committee member of the Texas State Bass Tournament, the oldest bass tournament in the world.
Parten has long been an adviser to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), serving several terms on that organization's Freshwater Advisory Board. He worked with TPWD on such issues as possession limits, the freshwater fishing stamp and grass carp control. He also worked on fish habitat improvement projects on a number of Texas reservoirs and helped raise funds for projects at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center.
Honors Parten has received for his efforts include being named to the Texas State Bass Tournament Hall of Fame and Conservationist of the Year Award from the Texas B.A.S.S. Federation Nation.
"I am extremely honored and humbled at receiving this prestigious award," Parten said of his selection for induction into the Texas Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame. "It has been my great pleasure to be allowed to work with some of the greatest fisheries people in the country to help protect our environment, air and water quality, preservation of habitat, fisheries and leave behind a legacy for those generations of people who will follow us."
Philip Durocher, retired director of the Inland Fisheries Division of TPWD and chair of the Texas Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame Committee, worked with Parten many times over the course of their careers. "I don't believe I ever went to a meeting anywhere in Texas to discuss important fisheries issues that Ed wasn't there," Durocher said. "We could always count on his help with a project or with the legislature. 'Big Ed' is certainly deserving of this honor."
The Texas Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame is housed at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens. Its mission is to "recognize and honor those who have made a lasting contribution to freshwater fishing in Texas, and to foster a sense of appreciation, awareness and participation in the sport of fishing."
In addition to the Hall of Fame, the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center includes a visitor center, production hatchery, stocked casting pond, wetlands trail, fishing museum and dive theater. It is the home of the Toyota ShareLunker program, which uses selective breeding to increase the number and size of trophy bass in Texas public waters.
For more information, visit the web sites below.
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On the Net:
Hall of Fame: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/visitorcenters/tffc/visit/virtualtour/halloffame/
Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/tffc/
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