Trinity River National Wilfdlife Refuge Receives 2008 QVM™ Project Habitat™ Award for Responsible Vegetation Management
LIBERTY, pharm TX, search February 18, look 2009 – Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge, based in Liberty, Texas, has been named as a winner in the 2008 QVM Project Habitat Awards, announced at the third annual awards banquet held recently in Austin, Texas. The QVM Project Habitat Awards is an annual awards program designed to honor quality vegetation management programs across the U.S. It rewards vegetation management professionals that uphold high standards of vegetation management and follow the QVM Principles and Practices. “Trinity River stands out as a leader in responsible environmental stewardship because of their commitment to the highest industry principles and practices,” said Kim Dorman, Communications Specialist for BASF Professional Vegetation Management. “The commitment they have made helps sustain healthy vegetation and wildlife ecosystems.” A winner in the Aquatic category, Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge has to deal with both native and non-native aquatic weeds including alligator weed, floating pennywort, frogbit and water hyacinth in their lakes and ponds. Controlling these weeds was a challenge due to the desirable cypress trees dotting the southeast Texas refuge. QVM Certified Applicator Chem-Air worked with BASF to implement an aerial herbicide application selectively targeting the troublesome weeds with little to no damage to the cypress trees. Chem-Air’s first application achieved more than 80 percent control , dramatically improving fish and wildlife habitat, while also providing the public better access to the water. “We could not have accomplished this level of success without BASF expertise,” said Stuart Marcus, Refuge Manager. “Birds are already starting to use the areas cleared of exotic vegetation.”
Trinity River Refuge Free Fishing Day Results
Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge along with the Friends of Trinity River Refuge hosted a "Free Family Fishing Day" on June 7th at the Champion Lake Public Use Area. Over 115 people fished that morning with the majority of young fishermen coming from Scout Troop 64 out of Dayton. Throughout the morning about 70 children joined some 45 adults in the state sponsored free fishing day. Everyone who fished caught dozens of perch with some bass. All were released. For many of the kids, find this was their first time fishing. Eight volunteers from the Friends of Trinity River Refuge assisted the kids in casting and baiting hooks. The Scout Troop even picked up five bags of trash before they started fishing. It was a fun morning for all involved. Photo by Shannon Thompkins of The Houston Chronicle.
Hours of commitment
Liberty resident Paul Newton shows off the pin he received for giving 1,000 hours of volunteer work for the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Newton is a member of the Friends of the Trinity River Refuge and received his pin Tuesday during the dedication ceremony for a restoration project on the refuge.
Reprinted from The Liberty Vindicator - January 29, 2008
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158 acres of trees at Trinity River NWR will absorb 63k tons of carbon dioxide
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Dell, Travelocity and Universal lend critical support to restore Texas native forests
Partnership with The Conservation Fund and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Will Help Fight Climate Change, Create New Wildlife Habitat at Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge Representatives from Dell and Travelocity joined The Conservation Fund, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and Environmental Synergy, Inc. (ESI) today to announce the restoration of 158 acres of forestland that will address climate change, restore sensitive wildlife habitat and enhance public recreation areas at Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in East Texas. Private support for the initiative was made possible via a mix of customer and corporate donations from Dell, Travelocity, Universal Studios, NBC Universal and individual donors to The Conservation Funds Go ZeroSM program. Over their lifetime, the newly planted bald cypress, oak and pecan trees will trap more than 63,000 tons of carbon dioxide a potent greenhouse gas.
The Fish and Wildlife Service and the American public are the true beneficiaries of this partnership, said Benjamin Tuggle, Southwest Regional Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Through the efforts of Dell, Travelocity, Universal, The Conservation Fund, and all others involved in Go Zero, lands held for the American public will be improved and the global environment for both people and wildlife will benefit. Like much of East Texas, huge swaths of forestland surrounding (and some within) the boundary of Trinity River NWR refuge are for sale. Once the regions largest economic driver, the forest industry here has put millions of acres on the market threatening sensitive natural resources and a once-stable East Texas economy. To help protect and restore these lands, the Fund has engaged leaders in the public and private sectors to calculate and then offset carbon dioxide emissions by planting trees via its Go ZeroSM program. We commend The Conservation Fund, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Environmental Synergy, Inc. for enabling our customers to address climate change and habitat loss head on, said Tod Arbogast, director of Sustainable Business at Dell. From energy efficiency, to carbon sequestration to reuse and recycling, we are partnering with customers and members of the ReGenerationpeople of all ages who care about the environmentto become the greenest technology company on the planet. Our involvement in Go Zero helps us serve an increasing number of our customers who want a way to offset their carbon, while promoting planting that helps strengthen places for recreation and wildlife, said Dan Toporek, vice president of corporate communications at Travelocity. This program is largely driven by employees who support the program on their own time and as a Texas-based company, were thrilled to do our part in protecting and restoring the Trinity River NWR. The World Bank estimates that 20% of global greenhouse gas emissions is caused by deforestation, added The Conservation Fund's Texas director, Andy Jones. Thanks to the extraordinary leadership of Dell, Travelocity, NBC Universal and Universal Studios, the expertise of ESI and the commitment of the USFWS we are raising much needed capital to address the most pressing environmental challenges of our timeclimate change and habitat lossby restoring critical forestlands. The land was planted by ESI and will be managed by the USFWS. ESI will monitor the newly restored forest for carbon accrual using on-site measurements over time. The project will then be certified by Environmental Resources Trust. Since 2000, The Conservation Fund has restored nearly 20,000 acres with 6 million trees that are expected to capture more than 8 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent from the atmosphere over the next century. We view this project as a rewarding, win-win partnership with benefits for business, government, the public, the local ecosystem and the global climate, said Carol Jordan, president of ESI. Located just 45 miles east of Houston, the 22,500 acre Trinity River NWR safeguards a remnant of the bottomland hardwood forest ecosystem that once dominated the eastern Texas landscape. The slow-flowing rivers and swamp-like wetlands are used during migration or nesting by neotropical migratory birds, and are home to freshwater turtles, alligators, bald eagle and more than 640 plant species. The Fund and its partners have protected more than 144,000 acres in Texas including 4,700 acres at Trinity River NWR. Most recently, the partners launched the Pineywoods Experience, a $35 million initiative that blends land protection and ecotourism to position East Texas as a destination for tourists, much like the Appalachians or the Adirondacks.
Additional Press Contacts: Jena Thompson, The Conservation Fund, (512) 423-5086 Sean Donahue, Dell, (512) 565-5273 Alyson Brigs, Travelocity, (972) 488-4790 Mary Ellen Mooney, NBC Universal, (347) 572-5088
About The Conservation Fund The Conservation Fund is the nation's foremost environmental nonprofit dedicated to protecting America's land and water legacy for current and future generations. Seeking innovative conservation solutions for the 21st century, the Fund works to integrate economic and environmental goals. Since its founding in 1985, the Fund has helped its partners safeguard wildlife habitat, working landscapes, community "greenspace," and historic sites totaling nearly 6 million acres. With 1% fund raising costs and 97% program allocation, The Conservation Fund is recognized as the nation's top rated environmental nonprofit by both the American Institute of Philanthropy and Charity Navigator. http://www.conservationfund.org
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The Conservation Fund and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service add 1,600 acres to Trinity River Wildlife Refuge in East Texas
Addition protects diverse wetlands and wildlife habitat Austin, prescription look TX (December 12, drugstore 2007) – The Conservation Fund and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced today the protection of 1,600 acres of bottomland hardwood forest in East Texas, giving birds migrating from Central and South America to Canada more room to rest their wings. The recently acquired lands will be added to the Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge. Funds from the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission, supported by revenue collected from Federal Duck Stamp sales, import duties collected on arms and ammunition, right-of-way payments to the refuge system and receipts from national wildlife refuge entry fees also helped make this acquisition possible.
Located 45 miles east of Houston along the Trinity River, the 22,500-acre refuge is a broad flat floodplain made up of numerous sloughs, oxbow lakes, artesian wells and tributaries. It boasts more than 275 species of birds, 640 plant species and more than 400 vertebrate species and provides important breeding, wintering and stopover habitat for a variety of migratory wildlife, including waterfowl and numerous neotropical songbirds. “Working with USFWS and the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission has made this an excellent partnership,” said Andy Jones, director of The Conservation Fund’s Texas office. “I am excited about the educational and recreational opportunities for the public. This is the type of project where everyone wins.” The new addition contains a 60-year-old hunting lodge, built by Champion Paper Company, the previous landowner, as a hunting retreat for employees. USFWS plans to restore the lodge and open it to the public as an environmental education center. Hiking, fishing, canoeing/kayaking and wildlife viewing opportunities will also be available on the property. “This property contains incredible natural resources with high conservation value,” said Stuart Marcus, refuge manager for Trinity River Wildlife Refuge. “We greatly appreciate all the hard work from The Conservation Fund and have enjoyed partnering with them over the years.” The Conservation Fund has a strong history of conservation in East Texas. At Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge, the Fund has helped add 4,700 acres. Nearby to the east the Fund has been working for the past seven years to protect and expand Big Thicket National Preserve and last month added more than 1,000 acres. The Fund is working towards completing the acquisitions in the current administrative boundary in the next year. In addition, the Fund partnered with Fermata Inc. and embarked on an ecotourism and economic development program for the region called the Pineywoods Experience (http://www.texaspineywoodsexperience.org/). “We are proud to be a part of such a rich conservation legacy in East Texas,” said Jones. “At Trinity River Wildlife Refuge, we’ve helped the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service expand the refuge significantly in the past several years, and that has been amazing to see.”