Aquatic Nursery Tanks Operational

Tom McDonough

(832) 236-0723

c/o Polk County AgriLife

602 E. Church Street

Suite 127

Livingston, TX 77351

Press Release

Livingston Lions have Aquatic Nursery Tanks Operational

“Bringing Lake Livingston Back To Life”

Livingston, Texas, June 4, 2014:  Livingston High School’s PT Mahoney and his students have completed building their first two Aquatic Nursery Tanks.  The Master Naturalist want to thank PT and his students for their work and support, “GO LIONS”!  On Wednesday the first aquatic plants, American Water Willows, were transferred to Lions’ tanks from the Piney Wood Lakes Chapter of Texas Master Naturalist tanks.  As soon as additional plants are made ready by the Master Naturalist, additional aquatic plants will be added to the Lions’ tanks.  This should be completed within a week to 10 days.

The Trinity River Authority donated these two tanks to Livingston High School.  The Master Naturalist would like to thank Mark Waters and Trinity River Authority for their donation and participation in this project to restore native aquatic vegetation back into Lake Livingston.  The advisors on this project are:  Friends of Reservoirs, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department – Inland Fisheries Division, Trinity River Authority, Polk County Chamber of Commerce and the Piney Wood Lakes Chapter of Texas Master Naturalist.  The official project title is “Lake Livingston Reservoir Fisheries and Riparian Habitat Enhancement Project”, and it is a 10-year project to grow aquatic plants at the School District and transplant the plants into Lake Livingston.  The Project’s MOTTO is, “Bringing Lake Livingston Back to Life”. 

It was the Livingston School Administration that gave the Master Naturalist the idea to grow the plants at the schools, have the students care for and propagate the plants through splitting, assist in the transportation to Lake Livingston, and then plant them into the Lake.  A total of nine school districts have either adopted the idea, or have expressed interest is participating in the project.  Funding is the key obstacle to getting the tanks up and running at all the schools.  We have plans for a total of 25 aquatic tanks on campuses to grow 10,000+ plants per year, and we currently estimate students will participate in two or three Lake plantings per year.  The plants have a very fast growth rate, and will need to be split

every six or seven weeks during the growing season.  When tanks are full, two-thirds of the plants will be transported to the Lake and planted.

This project will have long term effects on the Lake’s fisheries, birds and reptilian habitat, will improve water quality and filtration, slow bank erosion.  It is also expected to improve the local economies through making the Lake a more desirable destination for local residents and tourists.  In addition, it will bring fisherman, attract large fishing tournaments, bird watchers, nature lovers and increase water recreation overall.

If you would like additional information on this project please visit our website at .   If you would like to donate or sponsor an aquatic tank at school, please contact Tom McDonough, (832) 236-0723 or e-mail or contact Jim Meyer at (713) 828-4660 or e-mail .

Bringing Lake Livingston Back To Life

Aquatic Vegetation Planting Project Targets Improving Lake Health

Texas Master Naturalist Program – Piney Wood Lakes Chapter

Lake Livingston Reservoir Fisheries and Riparian Habitat Enhancement Project is moving forward with help from advisors & partners… Read More


Loss Of A Friend

Lindy Ellason

It is with very much sadness that I am sending out this message.
Our dear friend and TBBU Board Treasurer, Lindy Ellason, has passed on to be with The Fisher of Men. Lindy passed away early today.
Lindy will be missed by all the people that have loved him for so many years.
Our Blessings and prayers go out to Sylvia at this sad time.

Look At Texas

Have you ever looked at a map of the world?

Texas MapLook at Texas with me just for a second. That picture, with the Panhandle and the Gulf Coast, and the Red River and the Rio Grande is as much a part of you as anything ever will be. As soon as anyone anywhere in the world looks at it, they know what it is.  It’s Texas.Pick any kid off the street in Japan and draw him a picture of Texas in the dirt, and he’ll know what it is. What happens if I show you a picture of any other state? You might get it maybe after a second or two, but who else would? And even if you do, does it ever stir any feelings in you?
In every man, woman and child on this planet, there is a person who wishes just once he could be a real live Texan and get up on a horse or ride off in a pickup. There is a little bit of Texas in everyone.

Texas is the Alamo. Texas is 183 men standing in a church, facing thousands of Mexican nationals, fighting for freedom, who had the chance to walk out and save themselves, but stayed instead to fight and die for the cause of freedom.  We send our kids to schools named William B. Travis and James Bowie and Davy Crockett, and do you know why?  Because those men saw a line in the sand and they decided to cross it and be heroes.John Wayne paid to do the movie The Alamo himself.  That is the Spirit of Texas.Texas is Sam Houston capturing Antonio Lopez de Santa Ana at San Jacinto.  Texas has huge forests of Piney Woods like the Davy Crockett and Sam Houston National Forests.  Texas is breathtaking mountains in the Big Bend .Texas is the unparalleled beauty of bluebonnet fields in the Texas Hill Country. Texas is floating the rivers of the Hill Country on a hot summer day. Texas is the beautiful, warm beaches of the Gulf Coast of South Texas. Texas is beaches you can drive on and have many memorable bonfires with close friends. Texas is that warm feeling you get when someone asks where you’re from. Texas is the shiny skyscrapers in Houston and Dallas.Texas is world record bass from places like Lake Fork, Falcon, Amistad, Sam Rayburn and Toledo Bend. Texas is Mexican foods like nowhere else, not even Mexico. Texas is chicken fried steak and world famous Bar-B-Q. Texas is the Fort Worth Stockyards, Bass Hall, the Mort Myerson in Dallas, The Ballpark in Arlington, the Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, the American Airlines Center in Dallas, and the Astrodome (the Reliant Stadium now) in Houston.Texas is larger-than-life legends like Michael DeBakey, Ann Richards, Denton Cooley, Willie Nelson, Buddy Holly, Gene Autry, Audie Murphy, Tommy Lee Jones, Waylon Jennings, Farrah Fawcett, Janis Joplin, Sandra Bullock, Kris Kristofferson, Tom Landry, Eva Longoria Parker, Darrell Royal, ZZ Top, Roger Staubach, Eric Dickerson, Earl Campbell, Nolan Ryan, Sam Rayburn, Howard Hughes, George H. W. Bush, Lyndon B.Johnson, George W . Bush, and let’s not forget GEORGE STRAIT, the Big Bopper, Tex Ritter, George Jones, Clay Walker, Mark Chestnut, and Tracy Byrd to name ONLY a few.

Texas has great companies like Valero, Dell Computer, Texas Instruments, EDS and Compaq,
Whataburger, Southwest Airlines, Bell Helicopter, and LOCKHEED MARTIN AEROSPACE,
Home of the F-16Jet Fighter and the SF Fighter.
And Texas is NASA, Texas Black Bass Unlimited, Texas Association of Bass Clubs and Texas Outdoor Partners.

Texas is huge herds of cattle, beautiful horses and miles of crops. Texas is home to the world famous King Ranch. Texas is home to the most amazing sunsets of gold over an empty field.

Texas is skies blackened with doves and fields full of deer. Texas is a place where towns and cities shut down to watch the local high school football game on Friday nights and for the Cowboys on Monday Night Football at the new Cowboy Stadium, and for the Night
In Old San Antonio River Parade in San Antonio.

To drive across Texas is to drive 1/3 the way across the United States. Texas has ocean beaches, deserts, lakes and rivers, mountains and prairies, and modern cities. If it isn’t already in Texas, we probably don’t need it. No one does anything bigger or better than it’s done in Texas. By federal law, Texas is the only state in the U.S. That can fly its flag at the same height as the U.S. Flag.
Think about that for a second. You fly the Stars and Stripes at 20 feet in Maryland, California ,
or Maine, and your state flag, whatever it is, goes at 17 feet. You fly the Stars and Stripes in
front of Klein Oak High or anyplace else at 20 feet, the Lone Star flies at the same height – 20
feet. You know why? Because its the only state that was a Republic before it became a state.
Also, being a Texan is as high as being an American down here. Our capitol is the only one in the
country that is taller than the capitol building in Washington, DC. And we can divide our state into
five states at any time if we wanted to! We can become a republic again at any time the voters of
Texas choose, and we included these things as part of the deal when we came on.

That’s the best part, right there.

Texas even has its own power grid!! Did I mention the LIVE music capitol of the world?

If you are a REAL TEXAN, you won’t even need to be told to pass this on!


Cheri Lynn Hope's Services

Cheri Lynn Hope Will Be Missed

Cheri Lynn Hope was taken from this world recently. Please keep John Hope and the entire Hope family in your thoughts and prayers as they go through this trying time. No one should have to experience outliving their children.

Funeral services for Cheri Lynn Hope will be held Monday 3/17/2014 at 10:00 AM. The services will be held at the Bailey & Foster Funeral Home in Palestine, TX.

Cheri Lynn Hope Funeral