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Wild Times May 2024

Emily Newsom is a force of nature. A maestro of the piano and the pedal, the piano protégé turned cycling phenom has carved her own trail in the cycling world—and the grittier the trail, the better. 

According to Emily, one of the leading gravel cyclists in the country, “I cut my teeth on Texas gravel! It’s where I started my journey into offroad cycling.” And what a trailblazing journey it’s been. Bucking all trends, she went pro at 34, an age when most cyclists think about hanging up their cleats. She quickly rose through the ranks, being selected for the Tour de France Femmes in 2022, and donning the yellow jersey for a stage at the Tour de Pyrenees that same year. Though she has made a name for herself in the road racing circuit, she is in a class all her own when the gravel hits the ground, and she is going all in on gravel racing in 2023, where she feels most connected with the wild places of Texas.

Emily is honored to be a We Will Not Be Tamed ambassador for TPWF during the Texas State Parks Centennial anniversary. We Will Not Be Tamed calls us to appreciate the wildness of Texas, the vastness of our Texas spirit, and why we should be inspired to conserve it.

Read more about Emily and find out how you can live the wild life.

 
  Story #2: Join and Win a Summer Outdoor Trio  
 

P.S. Whether you plan to hit the Texas trails, beachcomb our beaches, or BBQ in the backyard, TPWF is giving away some supplies to keep one lucky member looking and feeling cool all summer long, including an Elemnt Rival Smart Sports Watch with GPS and Elemnt Roam GPS Bike Computer on behalf of Wahoo and Texas Wahoo dealers, a We Will Not Be Tamed-branded YETI Hopper Flip 18 cooler and a 12-pack of Rambler Sparkling Water featuring the limited-edition Texas State Park Centennial designed can.

Join or renew your membership with TPWF by July 9, and you will be entered in a TPWF drawing* for a chance to win the summer outdoor package.

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*The price of membership pays for TPWF membership only and not for the chance to win the giveaway. Members who join or renew between January 1 and July 9, 2023, are automatically entered in the drawing
 
 
  Story #3: TPWF 2022 Annual Report  
 

2022 was a year filled with tremendous conservation wins and one tough loss—the retirement of Carter Smith, who magnificently led the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department since 2008. In our 2022 Annual Report, we share a few campfire tales about our shared victories alongside our colleague, mentor and friend.

We also highlight our 2022 conservation wins that were made possible only because of the generosity, diligence and hard work of our treasured conservation community and its unwavering support of Texas’ wild things and wild places.

Read more in our 2022 Annual Report.

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  Story #4: Introducing an Album as Untamed as Texas  
 

As part of the 100 Years of Texas State Parks Celebration, Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation, in partnership with Rambler Sparkling Water and Tecovas, has introduced Texas Wildan album featuring Texas musicians as they pay tribute to classic Texas tunes that showcase the untamed spirit of Texas music.

Texas Wild blends the sounds of traditional Texas genres like blues, cumbia, and country with modern sounds like hip-hop, R&B, and electronica, sure to please old-school country fans and new listeners alike.  "(Hey Baby) Que Paso" by Fat Tony featuring Paul Wall, the first single for the highly anticipated album, was released in early May and is available on all major streaming services. The album’s second single, “Possum Kingdom” by Ryan Bingham, is set to be released in July, followed by a third single to be released ahead of the full album and limited edition vinyl later this fall.

Influential Texas illustrator Mishka Westell created unique block print style art for each of three single releases and the album cover art, which features Texas native wildlife, including a screech owl, mockingbird, and other Texas critters.

Sales from the album will benefit TPWF. Listen and learn more.

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  Story #5: The Art of Texas State Parks Book and Art Exhibit  
 

To commemorate 100 years of Texas State Parks, TPWD tasked 30 Texas artists to paint 65 state parks, natural areas, and historic sites. What materialized is a truly astounding collection, which is captured in the limited-edition book, The Art of Texas State Parks: A Centennial Celebration 1923-2023.

A traveling art exhibit of the same name is now on display at the Houston Museum of Natural Science through October 1, featuring over 30 works by Texas' finest artists.

Buy the book, enjoy the exhibit, or do both! All proceeds will be donated to Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation to benefit Texas State Parks. 

 

 
 
 
  Story #6: Honoring Lone Star Land Stewards  
 

Congratulations to the Brown Ranch for being honored this year with the Leopold Conservation Award, the state’s highest honor bestowed as part of the Lone Star Land Stewards program, at the 2023 Lone Star Land Steward Awards banquet in Austin last month.

Given in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, the prestigious award recognizes farmers, ranchers, and forestland owners who inspire others with their dedication to the land, water, and wildlife habitat resources in their care. In Texas, the award is presented annually by Sand County Foundation and national sponsor, American Farmland Trust, in partnership with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Lone Star Land Steward Awards program.

The Brown Ranch, located in Ammansville in Fayette County and owned by Mark and Cheryl Brown, was previously awarded the Lone Star Land Steward Blackland Prairie ecoregion award in 2017. Since then, the couple has continued superlative conservation work on tall-grass prairie restoration and community outreach.“Their commitment to good stewardship in a fragmented landscape is impressive,” said Tim Siegmund, TPWD Private Lands Program leader. “They took this on as a passion project and that passion has stretched within and beyond their gates. It is a good lesson in stewardship for a rapidly fragmenting state, utilizing tools available to most anyone buying land in the eastern half of Texas." 

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