Letter to Texas Governor to RESTORE Texas coast - 2014

Join Ducks Unlimited and National Wildlife Federation by adding your organization or business to the sign-on letter below. Originally sent to Governor Perry, urge Governor Abbott to make projects that restore and protect natural resources in the Texas Gulf Coast Region the highest priority for the state’s use of RESTORE Act funds.

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Dear Governor,

The undersigned organizations represent hunters, anglers, fish and wildlife professionals and businesses from across the state of Texas. All of us recreate on, enjoy, and/or depend on the natural resources of the Texas coast either directly or indirectly. We cherish our shared coastal heritage and recognize that protecting and restoring coastal and marine natural resources is essential to sustaining our state economy and our way of life.

The Texas Gulf coast supports a robust wildlife tourism industry – made up of wildlife watching, hunting, and fishing – that generates more than $17 billion in revenue every year. This industry relies on almost 4,000 tourism businesses that support 73,000 jobs, thereby enriching coastal economies and communities while providing Americans with access to world-class birding, hunting, and angling opportunities.

Thanks to the RESTORE Act, Texas stands to receive as much as $1 billion in Clean Water Act fines related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. These funds could be used for restoration of our state’s wetlands, wildlife habitats, fisheries, and marine resources. This is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity not only to bolster our state’s natural resources, but also to support and expand industries that rely on a healthy Gulf Coast. We need your leadership and respectfully urge you to make projects that restore and protect natural resources in the Texas Gulf Coast Region the highest priority for the state’s use of RESTORE Act funds.

Specifically we ask you to use this opportunity to:
• Create and restore habitat to secure Texas’ future as a destination for world class duck hunting, birding, and fishing opportunities;
• Ensure ample freshwater flows for Texas rivers reaching our bays and estuaries along the Gulf to sustain their productivity, diversity, and functionality for the long-term health of our fish and waterfowl populations;
• Ensure Texas’ marine habitats and fisheries remain healthy and productive by addressing fish habitat improvements, improving data and scientific programs and replenishing and protecting living coastal marine resources.

Restoring and protecting Texas’ coastal and marine resources is not only an economic imperative, but something we must do to preserve our Texas’ natural heritage for future generations. We look forward to supporting and working with you on this important effort.

Ducks Unlimited
National Wildlife Federation

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National Businesses, Organizations & Media
Activist Angler.com
B.A.S.S. Nation
Huntit. TV Network
In-Fisherman magazine
Recycled Fish
SportingDog Adventures TV
Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership

Albornoz and Associates – Austin, TX
Americana Outdoors (TV) – San Antonio, TX
Aransas First – Rockport, TX
Audubon Texas – Dallas, TX
Brine Media, LLC – McAllen, TX
CarecoTV – San Antonio, TX
Coastal Bend Bays and Estuaries Foundation – Corpus Christi, TX
Coastal Conservation Association of Texas – Houston, TX
Dallas Safari Club – Dallas, TX
Decoy Outdoors – Dallas, TX
Diablo Paddle Sports – Austin, TX
Fishermans Handbook (TV) – San Antonio, TX
Fishing and Hunting Texas (TV) – San Antonio, TX
Fishing’s Future – South Padre Island, TX
Frontier Sales & Marketing Group – Katy, Texas
GAFF magazine – New Braunfels, TX
Galveston Bay Foundation – Webster, TX
Garwood Hunting Club – Houston, TX
Gulf Coast Bird Observatory – Lake Jackson, TX
Gulf Coast Chapter Safari Club International
Hartwell Outfitters – Austin TX
High Plains Waterfowl Inc – Abilene, TX
Houston Safari Club – Houston, TX
Howler Brothers – Austin, TX
Hunter Outdoor Communications – Boerne, TX
Livingston Lures – San Antonio, TX
Lone Star Bowhunters Association – Lake Jackson, TX
Meadows Center for Water & Environment – San Marcos, TX
Out to Sea – Corpus Christi, TX
Redfish Rodeo
Redfish Roundup Guide Service – Seadrift, TX
Reel Fly Fishing Adventures – New Braunfels, TX
Reel Fly Outfitters – New Braunfels, TX
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Texas Chapter – Canyon Lake, TX
S.M.A.R.T- Sensible, Management of Aquatic Resources – Houston, TX
Sure Shot Game Calls – Grove, TX
Team Real Duck – Houston, TX
Texas Association of Bass Clubs – Houston, TX
Texas B.A.S.S. Nation
Texas Bighorn Society – Lubbock, TX
Texas Black Bass Unlimited – Houston, TX
Texas Chapter National Wild Turkey Federation – Mt Pleasant, TX
Texas Chapter The Wildlife Society – Austin, TX
Texas Deer Association – San Antonio, TX
Texas Dog Hunters Association – Waskom, TX
Texas Hawking Association – Houston, TX
Texas Hunting and Boat Show – Dallas/Mesquite, TX
Texas Sportsmans Association – Columbus, TX
Texas Trophy Hunters Association – San Antonio, TX
Texas Waterfowl Association – Houston, TX
Texas Wildlife and Fisheries Management Council – Austin, TX
The Nature Conservancy Texas – Austin, TX
Tomorrow’s Hunters Inc – Rockwall, TX
Weby Corp – Arlington, TX
Whitetail Diaries (TV) – San Antonio, TX
Wide Open Spaces – Austin, TX
Wildlife Creations Taxidermy – Abilene, TX
Wildlife Habitat Federation – Houston, TX
Yeti Coolers – Austin, TX

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Please contact Andy McDaniels, mcdanielsa@nwf.org, regarding this sign-on letter.

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