PostHeaderIcon Champion Lake Lodge Preservation Begins

The preservation and renovation of the historic Champion Lake Lodge & Cottage will begin this fall under the guidance of the Friends of Trinity River Refuge (FOTRR). The Lodge & Cottage are beautiful log-structures built in the 1940's as a private duck hunting lodge on Champion Lake which become the property of the Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge in 2007. The Lodge features a great room with exposed log beams and a massive stone fireplace. Many hunters in Liberty and Chambers Counties may remember the Lodge & Cottage as Casa de los Patos or The House of the Ducks. The structures are located 14 miles south of Dayton on FM 1409 at the end of CR 417.

The FOTRR will have three Saturday workdays which are open to all interested individuals. The Nov. 9, 2019 workday will focus on cleanup, window and screen repair, and the sealing of openings. On Nov. 23, 2019, the crews will complete the window/screen repairs and demolish a small addition on the back of the lodge. The final workday, Dec. 7, 2019, will concentrate on roof repairs and building an exterior wall section. The workday times will be from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm

The workdays have tasks for volunteers of all skill levels and the donation of time and funds are greatly appreciated. Please contact Gary Holmes, FOTRR board member, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information to volunteer for a workday.

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Tree Planting Kicks Off Two-Year Partnership to Restore 100 Acres of Bottomland Hardwood Forest and Provide Internship Opportunities for Aspiring Conservationists

LIBERTY, Texas (Feb. 12, 2018) – Entergy Texas, Inc., the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and The Conservation Fund have teamed up to plant more than 45,000 trees at Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge, located 45 miles northeast of Houston, as part of a two-year initiative to restore 100 acres of bottomland hardwood forest. Over their lifetime, the trees will clean the air, provide habitat for wildlife, and filter and hold water for communities along the Trinity River as it flows into the bays, estuaries and waterways of the Gulf of Mexico.

Entergy Corporation shareholders are providing funding for the restoration activities through the company's Environmental Initiatives Fund. The fund directs $1 million annually to environmental improvement projects ranging from wetlands restoration to reforestation to carbon credit methodology and more.

The company's support to the Trinity River project also includes funding of internship opportunities at the refuge for aspiring natural resource conservation professionals, who will help enhance the survival of the newly planted trees, control invasive species at the refuge and educate the public on wildlife, forests and climate, giving the next generation of conservation champions hands-on experience in a real-world environment.

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PostHeaderIcon The Great Egret's Ridge Trails at Trinity River Refuge are Open and Improved

by Ashley Chattle

Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge would like to announce the opening of a new set of hiking trails located right here in the City Liberty. These trails provide a primitive hiking experience through undisturbed bottomland hardwood forests, with opportunities to view native wildlife and a range of natural habitats. All trails are fully-marked and ready to be hiked without the need of a map for guidance, but only open from sunrise to sunset.

To hike the trails follow the marked yellow posts, as well as colored tree markers, to navigate your way throughout the trail system. At the start of the hike, you will pass through 3 closed gates --don't be intimidated. These just mean that it is walk-in only. There are 5.3 miles of total trails, broken up into three separately marked segments: Possum Passel Pass (1.2m), Great Egret's Ridge Loop (2.0m) and Boggy Boots Loop (1.5m). This allows you to choose from a range of hiking levels, from a more maintained and relaxed walk along Possum Passel Pass, to a longer, more rugged, hike along Great Egret's Ridge Loop, which boasts 3 scenic outlooks and access to Trinity River. Or, to get the full experience of the trails, check out the farthest trail--Boggy Boots Loop--and complete them all.

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PostHeaderIcon AmeriCorps Recognizes Trinity River Refuge

LIBERTY, June 17, 2013 - AmeriCorps National Conservation Civilian Corp-Southwest Region recognized Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) for a job well done by awarding the Refuge the Sponsor of the Round Award! They were nominated by AmeriCorps Sun 8 Team for the outstanding support the Refuge provided, helping the team to be as successful as possible in achieving their mission of National Service. "This was a great all around experience", according to Refuge Manager Stuart Marcus, "and we hope to host a team again next year."

Trinity River NWR broke the urban myth that held no first time sponsor could be given this award. The Refuge strived to make the team feel like they were at home with family by assisting team members with professional, cultural, and personal development while doing everything possible to make the team's work as efficient and meaningful as possible. During the 5 weeks the 10 member Sun 8 team was here in April and May, the team engaged over 2,500 children while hosting educational events featuring live animals, sprayed over 50 acres of water hyacinth in Gaylor Lake, sprayed 50 acres of Chinese tallow trees around the Refuge, assisted in facilities maintenance and landscaping, ran the Earth Day events, and built and maintained 1.5 miles of new hiking trails as a part of the From Crosswalks to Boardwalks Projects. The team also provided local community support by helping out with the Relay For Life and Shred-it Day events in Liberty during the weekends.


PostHeaderIcon $45,00 Grant Awarded to Friends of Trinity River Refuge

The Friends of Trinity River Refuge (FOTRR) was just awarded a National Recreational Trails Fund Grant by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.  These grants provide funding for projects that create new and maintain existing recreational trails.  FOTRR was awarded a $45,000 grant to enhance the From Crosswalks To Boardwalks Project.  The funds from this grant will be used to construct a 500-foot boardwalk over Palmer Bayou and adjacent wetlands on the Knobby Knees Trail.  The From Crosswalks to Boardwalks Project was designed by the Refuge and the City of Liberty to connect citizens to nature.  This boardwalk will be located ½ mile past the Knobby Knees Trailhead in the Liberty Municipal Park and will connect visitors to the additional 9 ½ miles of trails located past Palmer Bayou on the Refuge.  The boardwalk will be constructed from recycled plastic materials and completed in early 2014.