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Government Canyon SNA to Open Campground PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 16 September 2012 13:08

Government Canyon SNA to Open Campground

rocky creeky with woods along bankFor the first time since it opened in 2005, Government Canyon State Natural Area will allow overnight camping in its front country, walk-in tent campground beginning Friday, October 5. Visitors can find a unique and rustic camping experience in close proximity to a major metropolitan area. Read more detail in this story.

The campground will be open Friday and Saturday nights only, and will offer 23 walk-in campsites and 2 walk-in group campsites for tent campers only. Vehicle parking spaces will be located nearby, with pedestrian trails leading to each site. Water faucets and two self-composting toilets will be centrally located throughout the campground. Campsites will cost $18 per night, plus the standard per-person entrance fee of $6 (entrance fee waived with valid Texas State Parks Pass).

Visit the Government Canyon web page to see campground maps and campsite photographs.  Reserve a campsite online.


Parks Rebound from Wildfire PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 16 September 2012 13:07

Parks Rebound from Wildfire

wide view of lake, wooded shore, skyline

"PK is OK!" That translates to: Possum Kingdom State Park is ready for you!   The park's cabins and campgrounds weren’t damaged in the fires of 2011 and 2012, and they are ready for visitors wanting to enjoy the famous crystal-clear waters of this North Texas paradise.  Visitors can rent canoes, boats or fishing equipment at the park store and marina.  Check this video and plan at trip to Possum Kingdom State Park for an “A-OK” family getaway!

New green growth blankets Davis Mountains and Davis Mountains State Park, too. The park is bouncing back after last year’s Rockhouse fire.  Flames scorched about one-quarter of the 2,700-acre park in April of 2011, but recent rains have provided a soft green blanket of fresh vegetation that envelopes the park’s campground and the historic Indian Lodge. Some visitors ask if they are in Ireland!

Make your reservations online today for your next trip to either of these


Bringing History to Life Outside PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 16 September 2012 13:04

Bringing History to Life Outside

red stagecoach, picket fence, people in costumeHistory’s better outside, especially in state parks. We’re talking frontier forts, pictographs, battle sites, farms, historic missions, Buffalo Soldiers, and the Civilian Conservation Corps just to name a few. Have a favorite type of history?

Check this list of historic opportunities. The calendar of history events includes talks, tours and re-enactments sure to bring the past into the present.


Help Plant 4 Million Trees in Bastrop PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 16 September 2012 12:59

Help Plant 4 Million Trees in Bastrop

table holding trays of loblolly pine seedlings

Bastrop State Park is ready for visitors.

And it’s getting ready for some new permanent residents - a couple of million trees. That’s the goal of a five-year replanting effort announced in August to restore the historic Lost Pines Forest as well as help Central Texans in the affected area gain access to native tree species for replanting on private land. Watch this video update on the park and reforestation project.

The Lost Pines Forest Recovery Campaign is a public-private partnership to raise money to plant more than 4 million trees on public and private land. The Arbor Day Foundation will lead forest recovery fundraising, while the state parks and forest agencies will serve as on-the-ground partners in the five-year effort. The foundation has already secured financial commitments from several corporate sponsors, including Mary Kay, Inc., FedEx, Chili’s Grill and Bar, Nokia and Apache Corporation. Read more details in this recent story.

One dollar will buy one loblolly pine tree seedling. Anyone (you) can donate online, as well as find links to volunteer opportunities.

The September 2011 fire destroyed more homes than any other in state history, and it raged through 95 percent of the 6,600-acre Bastrop State Park, as well surrounding private forest lands.

"He who plants a tree plants a hope." - Lucy Larcom




Halloween at the Hatchery Preparations Under Way PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 16 September 2012 12:58

Halloween at the Hatchery Preparations Under Way

ATHENS—Halloween at the Hatchery takes place at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (TFFC) October 25, and local businesses and organizations are invited to take part.

TFFC offers three ways to take part in this annual community service event that benefits local charitable organizations. A business or organization may sponsor the event by making a cash contribution to defray the costs of decorations and publicity. Another way to be involved is to give away candy to the children who will attend.

If you are really into the Halloween spirit, consider taking on responsibility for decorating an area at TFFC for the event. Areas will be judged during the event and prizes awarded.

The event will run from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 25, 2012. Organizations giving away candy are expected to provide enough candy for 3,000 children. There is no charge for booths at the event.

Halloween at the Hatchery is a Friends of TFFC event.

Anyone interested in participating in the event or becoming a sponsor should contact Jim Booker by October 1 at (903) 670-2266 to reserve a space.

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