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PostHeaderIcon Earth Day 2012

The Trinity River Refuge Earth Day event held on April 21st at the Champion Lake Public Use Area was again a big success. The weather was cool and brisk winds kept the mosquitoes at bay. The kids had a great time participating in the "Wildlife Tracking Experience" by learning animal tracks, wearing an animal mask, and walking like a raccoon, deer, or alligator. A local hardware store, Potetz Hardware, donated numerous plants for the habitat display area where kids could follow the animal tracks. They also got hands-on experience in handling frogs, an alligator, and turtles. Nearly 100 folks were given a boat tour of the lake while fishing, dip netting, and kayaking were also very popular. Over 180 folks, a new record, participated during the 3 hour event.
 

PostHeaderIcon Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge headquarters ready

(Right, <a href=viagra sale L-R): David Knutson, Liberty Mayor Carl Pickett, TRNWR Director Stuart Marcus and Houston Daniel." title="(Right, L-R): David Knutson, Liberty Mayor Carl Pickett, TRNWR Director Stuart Marcus and Houston Daniel." style="float: right;" />Reprinted from "The Vindicator"

After 18 years of dreams, hard work and waiting, the Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge finally has their new headquarters located at 601 FM 1011 in Liberty. A huge crowd showed up to congratulate TRNWR Director Stuart Marcus and his staff on the new campus nearing completion. The Liberty High School choir sang the National Anthem before guests heard from Marcus; Friends of the Trinity River Refuge President David Knutson, Liberty Mayor Carl Pickett and Benefactor Houston Daniel. A dual-ribbon cutting was prepared by the Liberty-Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce and the Dayton Chamber of Commerce. Lunch, for all the guests, was provided by Houston Daniel and his family.

Marcus recalled, "Trinity River Refuge was established 18 years ago today." Marcus recognized the efforts of the late county judge Dempsey Henley, who had who had shown great foresight in helping to get the idea for TRNWR off the ground.

Marcus thanked the Friends of the Trinity River Refuge, with more than 100 members to date. He commended the staff of the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center (SHRL&RC) for the partnership between the two entities: TRNWR for biological research and SHRL&RC for cultural and historical research.

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PostHeaderIcon Trinity River Refuge new headquarters dedication

The dedication event on January 4th at the Trinity River Refuge for the new headquarters and shop facilities was fantastic.  Over 130 folks attended including Friends of Trinity River Refuge, buy viagra Liberty High School Choir, VFW Honor Guard, elected officials or their representatives, volunteers, interested folks, and two local Chambers of Commerce.  The Friends group handled all the food and refreshments while we had additional help from the staff and volunteers from Texas Chenier Plain Refuges.  A "double" ribbon cutting ceremony was held with the Liberty/Dayton and Dayton Chambers of Commerce handling the set-up.  One Chamber official even asked how we were able to get so many folks to show up to a ribbon cutting.  Work, partnerships, and a little planning was all we could say.  Thank you to everyone who attended and helped out with the event.

 

PostHeaderIcon National Public Lands Day results at Trinity River Refuge

Eleven Trinity River Refuge staff, Friends of Trinity River Refuge, and volunteers turned out for the Annual National Public Lands Day clean-up event. About 800 pounds of trash were picked up along the Trinity River at the Hwy 105 bridge for about 2 hours on 9-24-2011 as part of the nationwide event. It is always sad to see such a nice place trashed by folks who don't care to take back what they bring. Ironically, only 3 pounds of aluminum cans were found in all that trash (bag of aluminum cans sitting by the tire in photo). Just think how little trash there would be if monetary awards were given for glass and plastic or if people took their trash home with them!
 

PostHeaderIcon Trinity River Refuge headquarters ground breaking event

The Trinity River Refuge headquarters ground breaking event was a huge success with nearly 60 folks in attendance. As one of the reporters that attended said "We don't get 60 people at these types of events, even if food is served." The community folks were impressed with the site layout and view. The Mayor of Liberty kept pressing me on the next phase - a Visitor Center. I just kept saying - in time, in time.... Below are some pictures. Lined up at the shovels (donated by the Liberty-Dayton Chamber of Commerce) are - Silvester Martincic, MaryAnne Campbell (Chamber President), Laurie Lomas, Stuart Marcus, Rick Carroll, Bonnie Campisi, Carl Pickett (Liberty Mayor), and Gerald Arrington (C3 - prime contractor). Thanks again for all the support. Oh, and by the way, we hope to break 100 folks when we have the ribbon cutting for the actual office!!! Might even have some food........

Stuart Marcus
Refuge Manager
Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge