AmeriCorps Recognizes Trinity River Refuge
Trinity River NWR broke the urban myth that held no first time sponsor could be given this award. The Refuge strived to make the team feel like they were at home with family by assisting team members with professional, cultural, and personal development while doing everything possible to make the team's work as efficient and meaningful as possible. During the 5 weeks the 10 member Sun 8 team was here in April and May, the team engaged over 2,500 children while hosting educational events featuring live animals, sprayed over 50 acres of water hyacinth in Gaylor Lake, sprayed 50 acres of Chinese tallow trees around the Refuge, assisted in facilities maintenance and landscaping, ran the Earth Day events, and built and maintained 1.5 miles of new hiking trails as a part of the From Crosswalks to Boardwalks Projects. The team also provided local community support by helping out with the Relay For Life and Shred-it Day events in Liberty during the weekends.
$45,00 Grant Awarded to Friends of Trinity River Refuge
The Friends of Trinity River Refuge (FOTRR) was just awarded a National Recreational Trails Fund Grant by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. These grants provide funding for projects that create new and maintain existing recreational trails. FOTRR was awarded a $45,000 grant to enhance the From Crosswalks To Boardwalks Project. The funds from this grant will be used to construct a 500-foot boardwalk over Palmer Bayou and adjacent wetlands on the Knobby Knees Trail. The From Crosswalks to Boardwalks Project was designed by the Refuge and the City of Liberty to connect citizens to nature. This boardwalk will be located ½ mile past the Knobby Knees Trailhead in the Liberty Municipal Park and will connect visitors to the additional 9 ½ miles of trails located past Palmer Bayou on the Refuge. The boardwalk will be constructed from recycled plastic materials and completed in early 2014.
New Road Signs
On 1-11-13, TxDot placed two signs along FM 1011 on the outskirts of the Liberty City limits directing visitors to the new Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge headquarters facility. We have already seen a rise in visitors stopping by the new office, but this will really help people find the new Refuge office.
Earth Day 2012
The Trinity River Refuge Earth Day event held on April 21st at the Champion Lake Public Use Area was again a big success. The weather was cool and brisk winds kept the mosquitoes at bay. The kids had a great time participating in the "Wildlife Tracking Experience" by learning animal tracks, wearing an animal mask, and walking like a raccoon, deer, or alligator. A local hardware store, Potetz Hardware, donated numerous plants for the habitat display area where kids could follow the animal tracks. They also got hands-on experience in handling frogs, an alligator, and turtles. Nearly 100 folks were given a boat tour of the lake while fishing, dip netting, and kayaking were also very popular. Over 180 folks, a new record, participated during the 3 hour event.
Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge headquarters ready
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.