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Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation’s young professionals organization Stewards of the Wild is gaining traction all over the state. The organization got started with a chapter in Dallas in 2015, and there’s now ten chapters in communities across Texas. Recently, Stewards co-chairs carefully gathered in Wimberley to discuss what’s in store for the fall and 2021. We caught up with them at Spoke Hollow for our latest podcast with chapter chairs Cole Harrison, Frankie Cimino & Bowie Holland
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Gear Up for Game Wardens is the brainchild of two Texans who love the outdoors and appreciate what Texas Game Wardens do every day. Randy Risher and Vence Petrenella came to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation (TPWF) with an idea of how people could support the game wardens in their own backyard. The rest, as they say, is history. Listen in on our latest podcast to hear the back story of Gear Up for Game Wardens.
Like everyone else, the Stewards of the Wild have had to pivot during these times of COVID. While crowded events for TPWF’s young professionals organization are off the calendar for now, Stewards chapters across the state are still going strong. Recently, Stewards co-chairs carefully gathered in Wimberley to discuss what’s in store for the fall and 2021. We caught up with them at Spoke Hollow for our latest podcast with Spoke Hollow’s Josh Crumpton, and Stewards chapter chairs Tallon Martin and Allie Biedenharn.
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Dale Blasingame is one of only a handful of people who has visited every single state park in Texas. What’s even more remarkable is he accomplished the feat in just over one calendar year. Now he’s a self-proclaimed ambassador for Texas State Parks, and one of the ways he supports the parks he loves is by being a member of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation. We caught up with Dale recently, who was joined by Texas State Parks Director of Interpretation Ky Harkey.
Captain Christy Vales leads the Texas Game Warden K-9 Team and has been a part of the unit since it was formed back in 2013. So has her faithful K-9 partner, Ruger. Ruger recently retired from duty and is now living a more leisurely life at home with Captain Vales. We caught up with them both for our latest podcast.
Texas State Parks staff is getting used to the “new normal.” As COVID-19 restrictions have eased, guidelines for visiting the parks have changed to facilitate the safety of both visitors and park staff. We caught up with Texas State Parks Director Rodney Franklin, along with Mother Neff State Park Superintendent Melissa Chadwick and Enchanted Rock State Natural Area Superintendent Doug Cochran to find out how it’s going out there.
Episode 58: Hector Astorga, Earl Nottingham, Jonathan Vail by Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation
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We Will Not Be Tamed ambassador Tony Smith has built a business around his passion. The founder of Jarvis Boards in Austin gave up a successful professional career in finance to do what he loves: create beautiful handmade wooden paddleboards. His business has taken off, and he now has customers around the world. When he’s not making paddleboards, you can usually find him on top of one, enjoying the beauty of nature. Listen in on our latest podcast and find out more about Jarvis Boards and Tony Smith.
We Will Not Be Tamed ambassadors Katie Forrest and Taylor Collins are passionate about taking care of the land they steward in the Texas Hill Country. They are teaching themselves and visitors to their Roam Ranch all about the benefits of regenerative agriculture. After just a few short years, their land is healing from decades of extractive farming techniques. Listen in and find out why they believe regenerative agriculture can help save the planet.
Firestone & Robertson Distilling Company has been making waves in the whiskey world since they debuted their first blended whiskey in 2012. The company has been hugely successful and in 2017, TX Whiskey Ranch opened in Fort Worth. TX Whiskey, a We Will Not Be Tamed brand partner, is a big supporter of Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation, including the Fort Worth chapter of Stewards of the Wild. Listen in on a conversation with company co-founder Leonard Firestone, and Fort Worth chapter co-chairs Brad Wharton and Riley King.
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