Texas Parks and Wildlife Podcast: Bringing you the latest about efforts to conserve the wild things and wild places of Texas
Here's the Latest Episode from We Will Not Be Tamed:
TPWD Executive Director Carter Smith, Texas State Parks Director Rodney Franklin & Park Champion George Bristol joined us for our latest podcast. Texas voters said YES to Proposition 5 on Nov. 5 in a big way. 88% of Texas voters approved an amendment to the Texas Constitution that permanently dedicates the proceeds from the sporting goods sales tax to state and local parks and historic sites. As a result of the vote, millions of dollars will soon be available to build a brighter future for Texas parks. Listen in.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) wildlife biologists have been conducting research about white-tailed deer at the Kerr Wildlife Management Area (WMA) for more than four decades. Biologists monitor the progress of those studies through an annual deer work-up every October. This year, several TPWF members enjoyed a backstage view of the operation, as part of a TPWD Field Trip designed to give TPWF members a close-up view of this unique facility. Listen in as Ryan Reitz, Project Leader for the Kerr and Mason Mountain WMAs, and TPWF members Gray-Leigh Wilson and Danielle Sellier talk about their experience.
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Texas voters will go the polls on November 5 for a Constitutional Amendment Election. If approved by voters, Proposition 5 will permanently dedicate the proceeds from the sporting goods sales tax to state and local parks and historic sites. Park enthusiasts have been working to get this done for decades, and during this last Legislative Session, park champions Senator Lois Kolkhorst and Rep. John Cyrier were able to finally get the legislation passed. Now it’s up to Texas voters. Listen in on a conversation with the two legislators and John Shepperd with the Texas Foundation for Conservation to learn more about why you should vote for Prop. 5 on November 5.
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Western artist Teal Coke Blake’s love for the tradition of ranching and cowboying is unparalleled and shines through his work. His dad, Buckeye Blake, is also a renowned western artist, and they both now call Texas home. Teal, an avid fly fisherman, is also a 2019 We Will Not Be Tamed Ambassador. We caught up with both of them on Buckeye’s ranch near Weatherford for a wide-ranging conversation about art, life, the creative process and the impact of nature and the outdoors on both of their lives.
Conserving the wild things and wild places of Texas is one of the reasons Stephen McGee has signed on as a We Will Not Be Tamed ambassador with Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation. That’s also the reason Stewards of the Wild chapters are springing up all over Texas, including in Bryan/College Station where a special event featured the screening of a documentary called “The River and the Wall.” TPWF Director of Conservation Initiatives Jay Kleberg was featured in that film. Listen in on a conversation with Stephen, Jay and Bryan/College Stations Stewards Co-chair Brandon Cozart to learn more about why they are dedicating their time to conservation.
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Walking the talk is something We Will Not Be Tamed Ambassador Alvin Dedeaux tries to do every day. A couple of years ago, Alvin spent his birthday picking up trash on the Colorado River. That sparked an idea for a bigger event, and the LoCo Trash Bash was born. We caught up with Alvin, Thomas Flemons and Tim Birdsong next to a very full dumpster in Austin as the second annual LoCo Trash Bash wrapped up.
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They don’t call the Texas Water Safari “the world’s toughest canoe race” for nothing! The annual event draws about 150 die-hard paddlers who test their mettle in a 260-mile canoe race from San Marcos to Seadrift. It’s a grueling trip, one which few women attempt. We Will Not Be Tamed ambassador Debbie Richardson is one of the few, and this year’s race will mark the 12th consecutive time she’s competed. We caught up with her and first-time Texas Water Safari competitor Pam LeBlanc for a conversation about what it takes to train for such an endeavor.
Caprock Canyons State Park is home to the Texas State Bison Herd. Each year park staff do an annual check-up of the majestic animals to make sure they are healthy. Caprock Canyons Superintendent is the head bison wrangler for the work-up, and this year he was joined by wildlife videographer and filmmaker Jessie Story, who is also a TPWF We Will Not Be Tamed Ambassador.
Listen in on a conversation with them as they discuss bison, the park’s myriad wildlife and the spectacular landscape that is Caprock Canyons.
The cool clear waters of Balmorhea has inspired many people over the years, including Dan Garrison of Garrison Brothers Distillery in Hye, Texas. In fact, he named one of his signature bourbons after the beloved pool in West Texas, and is earmarking some of the proceeds to benefit Balmorhea. Listen in to hear more about the Garrison Brothers story and why Dan believes good bourbon can change the world.