Texas Parks and Wildlife

The gobbler exhibits the characteristic red, white and blue head, the black-tipped breast feathers and copper/bronze iridescence.
John Heidecker / National Wild Turkey Federation

The interest in the Sulphur River Eastern Turkey Cooperative has grown according to Steve Favre of Riverview Farms in Lake Creek, Texas, who is spearheading the project.

“The project has been received well by the community in both Delta and Lamar Counties,” reports Steve Favre. “The cooperative has grown from 15,000 acres before to over 22,000 acres and still growing today.”

Texas Parks and Wildlife help increase the population of the Eastern turkey.
TPWD

The Eastern Turkey was once numerous in East Texas. But rapid changes in habitat caused the population to quickly decline.

According to Steve Favre of Riverview Farms in Lake Creek, Texas the Texas Parks and Wildlife have reopened the Eastern Turkey Restoration Program, deeming it the Sulphur River Eastern Turkey Cooperative. He is seeking owners and operators of acreage near the North Sulphur River between Sulphur Bluff and State Highways 19 and 24 at Lake Creek to stock Eastern Turkeys.

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Draining boats after use on Texas lakes is more than just a good idea – effective today, it’s state law.

The new regulation is part of Texas’ ongoing effort to stop the spread of zebra mussels. The invasive creatures have been slowed, but not stopped, in their progress into Texas waters.

Zebra mussels entered the United States through the Great Lakes in 1988. They have been spreading across the continent mainly though the transfer of waters containing developing mussels, which are invisible to the naked eye. The mussels were first identified in Texas in 2009.

Financial problems have compelled the closing of the Cooper Lake Center in Hopkins County. A few light poles remain in an abandoned parking lot where bluegrass concerts and other events were held.

The South Sulphur Regional Development Association, sponsor of the Cooper Lake Center since the mid-1990s, has said it decided to close the facility for financial reasons.

The center, occupying former farm land on County Road 4777, has depended almost entirely on private donations.

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Cooper Lake State Park remains open. But, the road to the spillway - which is not within the park boundaries - has been closed.

Two days into the federal government shutdown, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department staff have been emphasizing to the public that state parks remain open.

This week, Luke visits with Bob Harper, a director with Texas' highly successful Operation Game Thief. 

Cindy Roller/Cooper Review

COOPER - City of Cooper Mayor Scotty Stegall announced Monday the tennis courts at the City Park were finished with renovations.