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TWA priority legislation moving, Sighted In newsletter
Texas Wildlife Association

February, 2011

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February 18, 2011

Eminent domain reform bill in House committee after clearing Senate    

The House Committee on Land and Resource Management has received SB 18 after the bill providing meaningful eminent domain reform cleared the Texas Senate last week with a unanimous 31-0 vote.

The bill by State Sen. Craig Estes of Wichita Falls and State Sen. Robert Duncan of Lubbock has a companion House bill by TWA Life Member and State Rep. Charlie Geren of Fort Worth (HB 279). Eminent domain reform is a priority legislative issue for the Texas Wildlife Association.

Click here for a one-page TWA Fact Sheet on the important issue of eminent domain reform and SB 18/HB 279.

The TWA Advocacy Center provides up-to-date information on the status on SB 18 and other bills of interest. 

TWA members promote legislative priorities at Boots on the Ground

Texas Wildlife Association leaders and members from across the state promoted TWA legislative priorities with statewide elected leaders and state legislators during the Feb. 14-15 TWA Boots on the Ground event in Austin.

Boots on the Ground 2011 015 3The two-day advocacy effort featured issue workshops, an evening reception with an auction and raffle, and legislative office appointments at the Capitol and Capitol Extension Annex.

Key issues promoted by TWA members at Boots on the Ground included (click on title for TWA Fact Sheet on the issue):

Texas hunting accidents drop to record low, according to new TPWD report

The number of Texas hunting accidents in 2010 declined to the lowest since statistical records began in 1966, according to a new report by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

The number of people injured in hunting accidents in Texas fell from 29 in 2009 to 25 in 2010, although fatalities increased from three to four during the same period. More important than the annual dips and peaks, however, is the long-term trend continues to track downward.

"The statistics show hunting is safe and getting safer in Texas," said Terry Erwin, TPWD hunter education coordinator. "And we do believe that is directly related to hunter education."

The steady decline in the number of accidents tracks the growing number of people who take hunter education in Texas. In 1972, 2,119 people were certified in hunter education. In 2010, more than 3,000 volunteer hunter education instructors trained nearly 42,000 hunters across the state. Click here for the full news release from TPWD.
 

TAHC officials urge awareness of global Foot and Mouth Disease threat

The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) reminds Texas producers, marketers and veterinarians that maintaining a Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) free U.S.A. requires constant awareness and vigilance. 

Anyone involved with livestock needs to recognize the general signs of FMD and how to report suspicious symptoms. FMD is not contagious to people, but the viral disease that affects cattle, hogs and other cloven-hoofed animals is characterized by the presence of vesicles in the mouth, or on the muzzle, teats and feet. The FMD virus can accidently be carried on people’s clothing, footwear and vehicles from one farm location to another.
 
“In today’s world where people travel and trade so much internationally, we need to remember that the introduction of FMD to Texas livestock is an ongoing threat. Producers should always be aware of who’s coming in contact with their livestock and where those people may have been previously,” said Dr. Dee Ellis, Texas’ State Veterinarian. The introduction of FMD would create severe economic and trade implications for Texas producers, added Dr. Ellis.

Click here for the full TAHC news release.  

Gulf of Mexico documentary airing next week on PBS stations across state 

The Gulf of Mexico is much more than the simple sum of the parts along the shoreline of five states.

It is a grand, interconnected water body that spans five states and portions of three countries. In the one-hour documentary, The State of the Gulf – America's Sea, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department dives right in to explore this vast body of water.

The Texas Wildlife Association and the Texas Wildlife Association Foundation are supporters of TPWD's "Texas: The State of Water" conservation education initiative.

Click here to view a trailer of the documentary and for PBS air times across the state (airing begins Feb. 24).







 

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Mark Your Calendar 

Wildlife for Lunch Webinar Series
March 24 - Waterfowl Management
April 21 - Aquatic Weed Control

Life's Better Outside Experience
February 18-20, San Antonio
March 5-6, Houston
May 6-8, Fort Worth

WildLife 2011
July 7-10, 2011, JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa

San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo featuring wildlife

The San Antonio Stock Show and RodeoSan Antonio Livestock Exposition, Inc. continues its strong promotion of Texas wildlife and the Texas wildlife industry by hosting this weekend's Life's Better Outside Experience.  

The Texas Wildlife Association is participating in the Life's Better Outside Experience as a featured exhibitor. The new San Antonio Livestock Exposition, Inc. (S.A.L.E.) Wildlife and Natural Resources Committee is overseeing the coordination of wildlife program activities at the Feb. 3-20 show. Click here for more information. 

S.A.L.E. is an outstanding partner and generous supporter of education and outreach efforts of TWA Conservation Legacy.

TWA welcomes new members!
Mark Abernathy, Austin
Danny Baines, Houston
Harold Beck, Lewisville
Richard Burr, Houston
Kennen Byler, Conroe
Goong Chen, College Station
Daryle Cohrs, Donna
Oren Connaway, Austin
Patricia Conradt, Austin
Bradley Crist, Katy
Robbie Curtis, Granger
Jency Daugherty, Houston
David Dillon, Magnolia
Margaret Eastham, Houston
Glenn Fiew, Edna
William Hansen, Palacios
Conor Hedegaard, Missouri City
Sam Henderson Jr., Eldorado
Douglas Huebner, Bay City
Rick Jetton, Houston
Dennis Kaspar, Shiner
Don Lewis, Houston
John McIntyre, Houston
Michael Menem, Dripping Springs
Bryan Miska, Edna
Tim Monroe, Crandall
Glynn Nance, Houston
John Peterson, League City
Brent Poulton, Ganado
Ann Quinn, San Antonio
Mark Rasmussen, El Campo
Jeff Schoppe, Angleton
David Stelzel, El Campo
Autry Stephens, Midland
John Thomas, Austin
Wade  Watkins, Hillister
Benjamin Zertuche, Jourdanton
H D Potts Cattle, Emory 
Michael Scoggin, Pollok
Staley Keck, Nocona
Sam Reyes, Abilene
John Peden, Van
Kody Franke, Bloomington
Christine Fernandez, Austin
William Patterson, Austin
Ken Hogan, Merkel
James Freeman, Hudson
Brock Barron, Mineral Wells
Brady Barron, Mineral Wells
Mike McMahan, Abilene
Tommy Hagler, Abilene
Perry Scott, Abilene
Clyde Henke, San Angelo
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