U.S. Fish and Wildlife http://tpr.org en Oil Cleanup Moves Carefully On Matagorda & Padre Island http://tpr.org/post/oil-cleanup-moves-carefully-matagorda-padre-island <p>Padre Island National Seashore has reopened its beaches after cleanup of the oil spill that made its way from Galveston to the southern coastline.</p><p>But farther up the coast, government agencies and volunteers are still struggling to clean up the oil that settled in at Matagorda Island, while protecting its wildlife.</p><p>It’s been more than two weeks since a barge in the Houston Ship Channel spilled 168,000 gallons of oil into Galveston Bay. It took a while for the oil to drift southward to the pristine beaches that draw more than 300 bird species each spring.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 14:51:04 +0000 Eileen Pace 29724 at http://tpr.org Oil Cleanup Moves Carefully On Matagorda & Padre Island Texas Club Auctioning Off Chance To Shoot Endangered Black Rhino http://tpr.org/post/texas-club-auctioning-chance-shoot-endangered-black-rhino <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A North Texas club’s auction of a rare permit that will allow the winner to shoot an endangered black rhino is drawing criticism from international conservationists.</span></p><p>The <a href="http://biggame.org/" target="_blank">Dallas Safari Club</a> has obtained a rare permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and permission from the African nation of Namibia to shoot one of five endangered black rhinos.</p><p>Attorney John J. Jackson III is a member of the club and helped orchestrate the auction that he said will go to protecting the animal.</p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 19:54:50 +0000 Ryan Poppe 21146 at http://tpr.org Texas Club Auctioning Off Chance To Shoot Endangered Black Rhino Texas Politics, The Death Penalty, Endangered Species And Water Wars http://tpr.org/post/texas-politics-death-penalty-endangered-species-and-water-wars <p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Texas Matters: </span></strong>A look at major issues from all over the state this week -- Tom DeLay is acquitted of money laundering, the American Bar Association reviews the states system of capital punishment, alleged scandal with the dunes sagebrush lizard and a water tug-of-war between the Highland Lakes and Matagorda Bay.</p><p><strong>If this isn't money laundering, then what is?</strong></p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 18:23:21 +0000 David Martin Davies 18859 at http://tpr.org Texas Politics, The Death Penalty, Endangered Species And Water Wars Is $29 Million Too Much To Protect Texas Salamander Habitat? http://tpr.org/post/29-million-too-much-protect-texas-salamander-habitat <p>The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is asking for public comment about granting federal protection for new salamander species in Central Texas.</p><p>Protecting these little guys it’s going to cost about $29 million in economic impact over the next 23 years.</p> Fri, 25 Jan 2013 23:37:00 +0000 David Martin Davies 5351 at http://tpr.org Is $29 Million Too Much To Protect Texas Salamander Habitat?