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Wild Times April 2024

A $1 million check in support of Balmorhea State Park pool repairs was presented by Apache Corporation at the Jan. 24 meeting of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission. The presentation marked the culmination of a $2 million fundraising effort led by Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation (TPWF). The pool at Balmorhea State Park was closed in early 2018 following a structural collapse of a wall caused by years of erosion from the flow of water from the springs.

Apache Chief Executive Officer and President John J. Christmann IV delivered the check to TPWF during the Commission meeting and announced that in addition to the $1 million challenge grant, Apache is pledging an additional $1 million contribution to establish an endowment to benefit Balmorhea State Park in perpetuity.

“Balmorhea State Park is a real Texas treasure and an iconic asset for the community. We’re grateful for the work of both Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, and we’re moved by the outpouring of support from the broader community and our many partners who joined us in this effort,” said Christmann.  “In addition to our $1 million match to help repair the pool, the establishment of a long-term endowment through an additional $1 million contribution will supplement the park’s existing budget and incrementally fund improvements over time to help ensure the pool and the park can be enjoyed for generations to come."

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Story #2: Win a Hill Country Ranch Retreat Culinary Adventure!

Texas Trailblazing partner Explore Ranches is offering an opportunity for TPWF members to win a fabulous culinary retreat weekend at Llano Springs Ranch in the Texas Hill Country on April 26-28, 2019. Noted Austin chef and author Jesse Griffiths' New School of Traditional Cookery will lead the wild game culinary retreat. Participants will learn to prepare wild game with hand-made pairings after foraging outings on the ranch.

TPWF members who join or renew their membership by March 8 are eligible to win.*

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*Click here for giveaway rules and additional details. The price of membership pays for TPWF membership only and not for the chance to win the culinary retreat. Members who join or renew by March 8 are automatically entered in the drawing.

Story #3: Listen in on Balmorhea Success Story

It was gratifying to see how much people all over Texas love Balmorhea's iconic pool. Once Apache's $1 million challenge grant was announced, donations poured in from all over the state. More than 575 donations were received, with 60 percent of the donations under $100. Several Texas companies made significant contributions, including Texas Pacific Land Trust, Saulsbury Industries, McCoy Remme Ranches, Legend Energy Services, Pioneer Energy Services, and Garrison Brothers Distillery. 

Listen in on TPWF's latest podcast to find out more about the amazing fundraising effort and what motivated Apache to pitch in another $1 million for a Balmorhea State Park endowment.


Story #4: Wild Texas Film Tour Underway Across Texas


There’s still time to catch a screening of the Wild Texas Film Tour. The tour features several short films showcasing wildlife, adventure, and conservation stories from across the state. At the events, you can meet the characters in the films, the folks behind the camera, and the conservationists keeping Texas wild for future generations. The tour is hosted by filmmaker and conservationist Ben Masters.

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