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Texas Wildlife Association "Sighted In" Newsletter
Texas Wildlife Association

September, 2010

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September 2, 2010

Buford: Mythical Texas vs. modern Texas and land management

When it comes to our beloved state, Texans want to cling to myths and ignore inconvenient realities, according to an August 30 guest opinion piece by TWA President Tina Y. Buford in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Myth: Texas is so vast that there will always be wide open spaces. Sure, we can afford to destroy a little land here and there. Why worry?

Reality: Texas is losing productive land faster than any other state in the nation. And our population is expected to reach 36 million by 2040 and 46 million by 2060, so it's not a trend that will be easy to turn around.

Click here to read more myth vs. reality examples in Buford's full guest opinion piece. 

EPA denies bid by groups to ban lead in hunting ammunition

The Environmental Protection Agency on August 27 denied a petition by five environmental groups to ban lead in hunting ammunition, saying the issue is not within the agency's jurisdiction.

The EPA said it did not have the authority to enact the ban, aimed at protecting wildlife, under the Toxic Substances Control Act, as the groups had requested, according to the Associated Press.

But the agency said it's still reviewing another part of the petition, to ban lead fishing sinkers.  The EPA informed one of the groups, American Bird Conservancy, of the decision in a letter. Click here for the full article about the EPA decision.  

Did game camera in Archer City snap extraterrestrial photos?

A motion-activated camera at a Fort Worth family's favorite hunting spot is capturing shots of mysterious objects, according to a Dallas-Fort Worth television station.

Lisa Brock-Piekarski's game camera is supposed to take pictures of the deer on her Archer City lease. But the pictures show something she can't explain.

"What I see looks almost like a Frisbee," she said. "You see a several lights going around, and they're all symmetrical and lit up, and it just looks like an object in the sky."

Click here for the full article and photos of the mysterious object.  

Landowners briefed on transmission line rights and options

Having firefighting crews handy during construction, establishing guidelines for who can come on the property and even avoiding the spread of tree diseases are all among the issues that landowners may address as they negotiate rights of way for transmission lines to carry wind-generated electricity, according to the San Angelo Standard-Times.

Those elements were part of the advice offered by Judon Fambrough, an attorney who works with the Texas A&M Real Estate Center, and Abilene attorney and TWA Secretary Glen Webb during their presentations on August 30 at a CREZ transmission line conference co-sponsored by the Texas Wildlife Association.

Click here for the full article. 

"Saving Family Lands" seminars planned

To help farmers and ranchers keep their land intact and pass it on to the next generation, the Texas Agricultural Land Trust (TALT) is hosting two “Saving Family Lands” seminars.

The first seminar will be held in San Antonio at The Studio at the Pearl Brewery, 200 E. Grayson, Suite 115, on September 21, from 8 a.m. to Noon.  The second seminar will be held in Fort Worth at the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association offices, 1301 W. Seventh Street, on September 22, from 8 am. to Noon. The cost is $75/person and $100 for those seeking Continuing Legal Education credit. 

The seminars are sponsored by the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association and the Texas Wildlife Association. Space is limited. To register for the seminars, visit TALT’s website,, or call 210-826-0074 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              210-826-0074      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.








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Mark Your Calendar 

Wildlife for Lunch Webinar Series
October 21, Rio Grande Turkey Tips - A Guide to Habitat Management 

TBGA Sportsman's Celebrations
September 18, Abilene (Regs 1,2,3)

Joint Issues Forum: Groundwater Ownership
September 22, Bryan
October 14, Cleburne
October 19, Kingsville
October 20, Victoria
October 28, Lubbock
November 9, Austin

Transmission Lines (CREZ) Seminars
October 8, Kerrville
October 13, Cleburne
October 27, Lubbock

TWA White-Winged Dove Hunt with Special Guest Edmund Kuempel
September 12, Hondo

Kirby Brown answering questions at groundwater ownership forum

TWA Vice President of Public Policy Kirby Brown (right) answers a question from one of the 140 attendees following the Joint Issues Forum on Groundwater Ownership in San Angelo on August 31.  Brown is a featured presenter at the statewide Forums that provide background and details supporting the reaffirmation of groundwater as a vested, real property of private landowners. See Forum schedule and details above. 

TWA welcomes new members!
Elliott Harris, Bellevue, WA
Will Davenport, Fort Worth
David Prose, Argyle
H. K. Hinde Estate Partnership, Dallas

John Appling, El Campo
Steve Bartholomew, Austin
Paul Brattlof, Boerne
Robert Brennan Sr., Kingwood
Dalton Clements, Edna
James Cox, Bedias
Dakota Crawford, Briarcliff
Brian Crawford, Spicewood
Ashley Crawford, Briarcliff
Stephen Dehlinger, Seabrook
Jeffress Drewett, Austin
Russell Earles, Abbeville, LA
Jim Elzner, Victoria
David Eversdyk, Angleton
Morris Faseler, Hondo
Gary Flam, Houston
Ricardo Garza Jr., Houston
Donne Griffiths, Georgetown
Jimmy Ho, Pflugerville
Kenneth Hodges, Gonzales
Randall Hoover, San Antonio
Lane Jacob, Carmine
Bill Jones, Austin
John Lawson, Katy
Janice Lawson, Katy
Richard Little, Katy
Jorge Loredo, Sealy
Richard Martin Ascot, Berkshire
Lochlan McNew, Houston
Derrick Mee Jr., Richmond
Mark Munson, Belton
John Needham, Austin
Eric Nelson, Tomball
Donald Reese, Austin
Abel Rodriguez, Calvert
Richard Roy, Coppell
Alton Sargent, Spring
James Schaefer Jr., Bryan
R. L. Simmons Jr., Kountze
AaronSmith, Dripping Springs
Jeremy Smitheal, Austin
Tommy Stevens, Hull
Jackie Stewart, Llano
Russell Suggs, Katy
Debra Urias, Austin
Ann Vicknair, Thorndale
Eric Williams, Waco
Sally Wilson, Mcallen
David Wimberley, Houston


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