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Announcing 2017 Texans for State Parks Awards

Congratulations Again to the 2016 Winners

Outstanding Ranger for the Year 2016!

Wesley Hamilton ~ Ft. Boggy Creek State Park

Outstanding Volunteer Award for the Year 2016!

Andrew Barneby  ~  Devil’s Sinkhole

Outstanding Friend’s Group for the Year 2016! (Tie)

Devil’s Sinkhole Society ~ Devil’s Sinkhole SNA

Friends of Ft. Richardson ~ Ft. Richardson State Park

Last year, our Distinguished Awards Program was a tremendous success thanks to all the great nominations we received. We are pleased to announce the opening of nominations for the 2017 Texans for State Parks Awards Program. We will be recognizing and making awards in the following categories: Anyone can submit a nomination, but we only want one nomination per park in each of the three areas. Each park can provide one nomination in each of the award areas:


Distinguished Volunteer
Distinguished Friends Group
Distinguished Ranger


The winner of Distinguished Volunteer and the Friend’s Group will be presented at the Annual Texans for State Parks meeting February 24th  at McKinney Falls State Park. The winner of the Ranger Award will be presented at an upcoming TPWD Commission meeting.  In addition to statewide and local publicity for winners in each category, a plaque and a donation will be presented to the winning Friends Group. The winning volunteer will receive a plaque and a free annual Texas State Parks pass.

Additional information regarding these awards will be forthcoming by email or US mail on December 1st. Nomination forms and additional information regarding these awards can be found at the Texans for State Parks website ~


Important Dates to Remember

Nominations Open ~ December 1, 2017

Nominations Close ~ January 15, 2018

Awards Presented ~ Annual TfSP Meeting at McKinney Falls State Park

February 24, 2018

Texans for State Parks Awards Committee

Sally Scott         Offie Walker        Ruth Jordan        Tom Rhodes

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