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Wild Times May 2024

H-E-B has teamed up with award-winning filmmakers to release a documentary film series that highlights stories featuring our beautiful Texas State Parks, resilient wildlife, and the dedicated Texans and organizations helping to conserve and protect them.

In this five-film docuseries, H-E-B, through its Our Texas, Our Future commitment, brings attention to important work being done across the state to protect delicate wildlife habitats and threatened animal species, as well as showcase the wonder and splendor of the Texas outdoors. For the visual storytelling project, H-E-B worked with Austin-based Fin and Fur Films, an award-winning team led by director and founder Ben Masters. The series features original music from the Austin-based band Shane Smith & The Saints and narration by Shane Smith.

“H-E-B has a deep commitment to support all Texans, and that includes helping to protect, conserve, and beautify our great state for people to enjoy now and for generations to come,” said Leslie Sweet, Managing Director of Sustainability & Environmental Affairs. “We’re excited to support these passionate filmmakers and their mission to tell important stories that we hope will inspire people to celebrate and protect the diverse habitats, unique wildlife, and beautiful landscapes across Texas."

H-E-B is the Presenting Sponsor of the 100 Years of Texas State Parks Celebration throughout 2023. In 2022, H-E-B launched their environmental commitment to Our Texas, Our Future and announced a partnership between Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation (TPWF) and Field & Future by H-E-B, their new clean & green household product line. Field & Future by H-E-B is made with recycled or recyclable content, biodegradable formulas or plant-based ingredients & without over 135 harsh chemicals.

One of the five docuseries films celebrates 100 Years of Texas State Parks, and all the films can be viewed on H-E-B’s website.

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  Story #2: Game Warden Interns Shore Up a Successful Summer  
 

Thanks to TPWF’s partnership with the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA), six new summer interns recently took a walk on the wild side of wildlife law enforcement through TPWD’s Internship Program. This is CCA’s eighth year funding these invaluable internships.

This summer’s interns were spread out along the Texas Coast in Harris, Galveston, Brazoria, Nueces, Aransas, and Calhoun Counties, each logging 200 hours helping our Texas Game Wardens patrol our coastal communities. From relocating alligators to driving patrol vessels, checking fish and bait shops for appropriate license and permits to boarding some of the biggest commercial shrimping boats in the Gulf, the interns were faced with every scenario you can imagine.

According to intern Austin LaPorte, “Over the summer, I was able to see firsthand just how dedicated the Region IV Game Wardens are to the people of Texas and how much this job means to them. Thank you very much to CCA for this unbelievable opportunity, which has meant the world to me and will be something I remember for the rest of my life."

Lt. Rachel Kellner, who leads recruiting efforts for the Law Enforcement Division of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), couldn’t be more pleased with the popularity and success of the program. “I believe every one of our interns has fallen in love with this career and intends on applying once eligible. The summer internship program is our single best recruitment tool in the Law Enforcement Division. Being a former intern myself I have seen firsthand the effect the investment has on a potential cadet,” said Lt. Kellner. “We could not fund these positions without generous partners like CCA, and I personally want to thank everyone who plays a part in supporting our internship program."

 
 
 
  Story #3: SOTW Austin Chapter Gives Back to Mckinney Falls State Park  
 

Already hundreds of Texans have given back to the parks they love, including our very own Austin Chapter of Stewards of the Wild. The Austin Chapter is one of eight local chapters of Stewards of the Wild, TPWF’s conservation leadership program that equips emerging leaders aged 21 to 45 with opportunities to actively participate in the stewardship of Texas’ wild things and wild places by providing education, networking, and outdoor experiences.

At their recent Back to the Field Event at Duck Camp, the Austin Chapter gave back to the park closest to their home and heart with a generous $10,000 donation to be put toward McKinney Falls State Park. TPWD Executive Director David Yoskowitz, Ph.D., was on hand for the event and check presentation, along with TPWF Director of Conservation Programs Zach Spector, McKinney Falls State Park Superintendent Tommy Cude, and Assistant Superintendent Michael Stanford.

According to Stewards of the Wild Austin Chapter Co-Chair Weston Keenan, “Though our Advisory Council already had a bias toward supporting the Centennial fundraising campaign, the decision ultimately came down to our membership base via a survey. It was clear that our leadership as well as membership wanted to support McKinney Falls, which serves as our closest gateway to the outdoors within Austin and Travis County. This opportunity also dovetailed perfectly with our spring service project, where our members spent a Saturday clearing and extending trails within this popular park and local favorite."

Will you join with the Austin Chapter and hundreds of park-loving Texans by giving back to the park closest to your heart? A generous group of Centennial Champions are matching every dollar raised, doubling the impact of your gift for our state parks.

Your generosity in support of the Texas State Parks Centennial directly impacts your favorite park and the wild things that call it home. Donate $100 or more, and we will send you our exclusive limited edition EXPLORE bumper sticker for you to proudly display as a second century supporter of Texas State Parks.

Will you give back to the park closest to your heart?

 
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P.S. Can’t decide on your favorite park? Give to all to support all state parks, and your gift will go where it’s needed most!

 
 
 
  Story #4: Join TPWF and Support an Unyielding, Untamed Texas  
 

For more than 30 years, TPWF has been on a mission to fund high-impact, meaningful projects to ensure future generations can enjoy the wild things and wild places that are part of the character of our state.

From ensuring the long-term health of Texas rivers and restoring native wildlife to enhancing the Texas State Park system and training the next generation of Texas Game Wardens, TPWF is committed to conserving the very nature of Texas.

When you join as a member of TPWF, you become a partner in these efforts and many more to conserve our natural resources, and to enhance and expand outdoor opportunities for all Texans to enjoy, no matter the temperature or time of year.

Will you join TPWF today to help inspire our fellow Texans to embrace our state’s wild side? Help us as we stand together for the wild places that have given us so much and have made us who we are. And together, we will not be tamed.

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P.S. Check out the exclusive new We Will Not Be Tamed gear you will receive when you join with $100 or more!

 
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Live out your love of the outdoors by becoming a member of TPWF today… because we all need wild things and wild places today and in the future!

 
 
 
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  Story #5: Gear Up for Game Wardens Auction is Sept. 26-28  
 

TPWF’s 3rd Annual Gear Up for Game Wardens Online Auction is two weeks away! The auction will be held on September 26-28.

With over 50 items up for bid, from once-in-a-lifetime hunting and fishing trips to all the gear you need as you head back to the field or out on the water this fall, you’re sure to find something you can’t live without!

Gear Up for Game Wardens, a program of TPWF, supports Texas Game Wardens by providing specialty gear to help them do their jobs more safely and effectively. Since 2017, generous donors have helped provide equipment ranging from thermal search and rescue drones to side-scan sonar units and more. Proceeds from the annual online auction provide program support and ensure that Gear Up for Game Wardens can continue its work to get much needed equipment in the hands of your Texas Game Wardens.

Save the date for September 26-28, and be on the lookout for more details coming soon!  

 
 
 
  Story #6: Now Available  Fourth Single from Texas Wild Album  
 

As part of the 100 Years of Texas State Parks Celebration, TPWF, in partnership with Rambler Sparkling Water and Tecovas, has introduced Texas Wildan album featuring Texas musicians as they pay tribute to iconic Texas tunes that showcase the untamed spirit of Texas music. Texas Wild blends the sounds of traditional Texas genres with modern mixes that are sure to please old-school country fans and new listeners alike.

The album’s fourth single, “Say My Name,” is performed by an eight-time Grammy nominee and winner of the 2011 Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album (as part of Groupo Fantasma) Adrian Quesada accompanied by Uncle Roy & Spice. “Say My Name” is available now on Spotify, Apple Music, and Amazon. Listen and download here.

Pre-orders for the limited edition vinyl album are now available. Own a piece of Texas and pre-order your copy of Texas Wild today.

Sales from the album will benefit TPWF.

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