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TPWD Creates Prosecutor of the Year Honor

Texas game wardens can spend months investigating and building cases against lawbreakers who shoot endangered whooping cranes, poach white-tailed deer or dump polluting chemicals in waterways, but it takes working partnerships with local prosecutors to bring violators to justice.

A new award created by TPWD aims to formally recognize a courtroom champion each year for exemplary efforts in prosecuting fish, wildlife, water safety, natural resource, cultural resource or environmental crimes in Texas. Nominees may include any prosecutor at the county, district, state or federal level whose action occurred during the previous two calendar years.

Find nomination forms, due May 15, at tpwd.texas.gov.


Historic Port Isabel Lighthouse Reopens

Standing tall in a plaza overlooking the Lower Laguna Madre, the historic 72-foot Port Isabel Lighthouse is reopening its doors to visitors after much-needed repairs closed the site to the public in early 2016.

“As the only accessible lighthouse in Texas, we are very excited to reopen the historic Port Isabel Lighthouse State Historic Site and give it back to the people of Port Isabel and Texas,” says Brent Leisure, director of Texas state parks.

Repairs included the replacement of the exterior hand railings, stucco repair, painting, repair of three casement windows, replacement of a glass panel on the lantern, new wood doors at the lantern level, repair of a roof leak and the repainting of the exposed exterior iron surfaces at the watch room level.

Lit for the first time in 1853, the lighthouse spent the next seven years guiding American, European and Mexican ships to the blossoming Brazos Santiago port. During the Civil War, the lighthouse was used as a lookout for both Union and Confederate forces.

The Texas State Parks Board acquired the property in 1950, and the lighthouse was opened to the public in 1952. Since then, generations of Texans have climbed to the top of the lighthouse to enjoy the view of the Gulf of Mexico.

For more information visit tpwd.texas.gov/portisabellighthouse.

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