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Washington, DC, 9/23/03 -Harris County Judge Robert Eckels along with the Trust for Public Land (TPL) and the National Association of Counties (NACo) has introduced a new series of reports offering communities outreach and technical assistance for their park and recreational planning.

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TPL applauded the approval of a $3.5 million grant by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) that will help protect land in the Edwards Aquifer recharge zone. In March 2003, TPL along with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) wrote and submitted the grant application to the USFWS. It was officially approved on July 14th.

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TPL helped preserve 361 acres of Hill Country terrain, located about 30 miles northwest of Austin, for inclusion in the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge. The latest tract is a top FWS priority because the land provides ideal habitat for two federally protected songbirds-the golden-cheeked warbler and black-capped vireo.

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The Trust for Public Land announced today that it has transferred 90.7 acres of critical habitat and open space parkland, located 30 miles northwest of San Antonio, to the City's Parks and Recreation Department Natural Areas for permanent protection. Funded by San Antonio's Proposition 3 Edwards Aquifer Land Acquisition and Park Expansion Program, the new parkland will protect the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone-the sole source of water for the City of San Antonio, and provide public recreation opportunities for the community.

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Media Advisory, 5/15/03: A new report on city park systems released by the Trust for Public Land (TPL), a national non-profit group, will be announced by Mayor-elect, Will Wynn at a local press conference. The 48-page report, The Excellent City Park System: What Makes it Great, and How to Get There, provides a new system for evaluating how well a city's park system serves the residents.

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The Texas Forest Service announced today it has discovered the largest live oak tree in Texas, located about an hour south of Houston on land permanently protected by the Trust for Public Land.The tree, part of a 1, 271-acre tract added to the San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge in Brazoria County, measures more than 32.2 feet in circumference, stands 67 feet high, and has a crown spread of 100 feet.

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The land is part of Austin's Woods -- a region of hardwood forests and wetlands that has suffered from clear-cut logging operations and new suburban development. The newly acquired tract provides habitat for threatened neotropical migratory songbirds and other wetland species. This is TPL's fourth project in Austin's Woods since 1999.

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The 1,161 acre Kallison Ranch is a strategic tract in the recharge zone for the Edwards Aquifer, which provides drinking water for the City of San Antonio. It was added to the Government Canyon State Natural Area, which at 8,204 acres is the single largest piece of protected aquifer recharge land. TPL purchased the ranch, transferred it to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, and conveyed a water quality easement on the land to the city.

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These 304 acres along Slaughter Creek include stock ponds and mature stands of live oak and cedar. The project represents a unusual approach in which a public agency acquired a portion of a larger development parcel to provide parks for a growing population. Funding for the TPL-assisted project came from the Austin Parks and Greenways program, a $35.5 million bond initiative approved in 1998.

The Edwards Aquifer supplies pure water to the heart of Texas--and San Antonio activists want to make sure it stays that way.