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(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.

David Knutson, President of Friends of the Trinity River Refuge added, "We are very excited about this. Stuart has been talking about it for 18 years. It's going to be a beautiful facility and a real draw for the community. We have come a long way. ... Some of the members have been with us since the beginning 18 years ago. The office began in the Marcus household. We have a long history with the group. About 11 years ago the Friends of the Trinity River Refuge formed."

The 501(c)(3) has achieved funding for TRNWR that would have not been possible otherwise. Events include the Trinity River Clean-up, which has been an annual event for the past 11 years. Members have visited other "Friends" groups in Washington, D.C. and helped to lobby lawmakers on behalf of TRNWR.

Liberty Mayor Carl Pickett commented, "The 25,000-acre refuge is a hidden asset. I hope it continues to grow and continues to thrive." Pickett thanked Stuart and his staff for all their hard work.

The Daniel Family members have been long-time supporters of TRNWR. Houston Daniel commended the TRNWR staff and presented the challenge to community leaders to get a college branch on the grounds south of the SHRL&RC and a Visitor Center south of the TRNWR new headquarters.

Houston noted that "This past Thursday, within a stone's throw, a bald eagle, our national bird, visited the grounds of TRNWR. ...This was a good omen ... what an irony. The spotting was so close to the dedication time. ... This important habitat for flora and fauna is certainly worthy of preservation and enhancement." Daniel thanked the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and everyone who made this facility possible. "We have a goldmine on FM 1011. Congratulations. My parents, Price and Jean Daniel, would be very pleased with what has transpired here."