Posts Categorized: News

President’s Note Winter 2017

More good news!! We just received word that the Friend’s Group will receive an additional $15,000 from the Holloman Price Foundation for the Savannah Restoration Project.  Historically, a large portion of the SNA consisted of an open grassland prairie, however, over time with European settlement, this grassland was converted to ranch and farm land and subsequently (with… Read more »

CAPACITY CLOSURES…A Few Words from the Superintendent

As many of you know, the primary mission of Government Canyon State Natural Area is to conserve and manage our natural and cultural resources. Although the resources come first at Government Canyon, we do also have a secondary mission of providing sustainable access to outdoor recreation. As a result, we continually strive to maintain a… Read more »

It’s Not to late to Join us for Our Recharge Run!

It’s not too late to join us for our 3rd annual Recharge Run fundraiser! Your entry includes a one-year membership to the Friends of Government Canyon (membership does NOT include free entry to GCSNA), race t-shirt, really cool swag bag, and a well-marked/well-supported courses with aid stations, and healthy post-race food and refreshments after the… Read more »

Meet GCSNA’s New Ambassador

We are happy to announce that Government Canyon State Natural Area (GCSNA) has been partnered with a Texas State Park Ambassador. Jerry Sharp III has been serving as GCSNA’s Ambassador and was tasked with completing three projects in four months. This is the first time an Ambassador has been paired up with GCSNA. The Texas State Parks Ambassador Program,… Read more »

Donor Spotlight – REI

The Friends of Government Canyon recently received a generous grant of $10,000 from REI to start the much-needed reconstruction of the most critical portions of the 4.5 mile Joe Johnston Route (JJR) trail at Government Canyon. This trail is the main artery to the backcountry – providing access to the dinosaur tracks, and serving as… Read more »

President’s Note Fall 2016

We currently have several projects underway at GCSNA.  Here’s a recap: Interpretive Trail:  The project is nearing completion!  As you may remember we received $19,000 from Impact SA to kick start the project.  Superintendent Chris Holm has done the rest.  The total project costs, including “in-kind” services is approximately $145,000!  The 1.5 mile, fully accessible… Read more »

Help Restore the Joe Johnson Route

Your vote matters! Michelob ULTRA is helping well-hiked trails look beautiful again. Vote now and you could help restore the Joe Johnson Route. Established by Michelob ULTRA, in partnership with the American Hiking Society, the “Go The Extra Mile Fund” is on a mission to restore local trails in communities across the country. Now through November 26th,… Read more »

Get Your Very Own Copy of “Let’s Hike to the Dinosaur Tracks”

On Sunday, May 8 Trail Patrol volunteer Kay Young and her grandson Kevin Love were on hand at the Visitor’s Center with their new book ““Let’s Hike to the Dinosaur Tracks at Government Canyon!” This fun book includes maps, information, activities and everything visitors need to know to prepare and explore the variety of theropod and sauropod tracks hidden… Read more »

North Park Subaru Makes Donation

Friends of Government Canyon (FoGC) board members along with Superintendent Chris Holm were on hand last month for a check presentation from North Park Subaru. Both North Park Subaru and North Park Subaru at the Dominion selected FoGC as their recipient for “Subaru Loves the Earth” month for the month of April. For each vehicle sold during the… Read more »

The Golden-cheeked Warbler Remains Protected

By Iliana A. Peña, Director of Conservation, Audubon Texas; Board member, Friends of Government Canyon The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced June 3rd, 2016 that the Golden-cheeked Warbler will remain on the Endangered Species list.  The USFWS determined that a delisting petition submitted June 2015 did not present substantial enough information to warrant… Read more »