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Chambers County
Chambers Recovery Team
News Release
Thursday, May 19, 2011

NATURE TOURISM FOR CHAMBERS COUNTY!

Chambers County is rich in the natural resources that are attractive to nature tourists. Is the county ready to take advantage of this fast growing sector of the tourism industry? What is needed to better position the county for growth in this arena?

“Opportunities and Challenges for Nature-based Tourism in Chambers County” will be the topic at the first Annual Meeting of the Chambers Recovery Team (“ChaRT”), to be held on the evening of May 26 at the new Visitor Center of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service., beginning at 5:30 p.m. with a reception and opportunities to explore the new U.S. Fish & Wildlife Visitor Center, 4017 FM 563, Anahuac. The speaker will be Miles Phillips, Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University and Extension Specialist for AgriLife Extension.

This first ChaRT Annual Meeting, to be held at 6:30pm will also provide an opportunity to learn more about the new organization. ChaRT is dedicated to assisting with implementation of the Long Term Community Recovery Plan for Chambers County, which was a community-based plan developed after Hurricane Ike with FEMA assistance. Board members represent all the geographic areas of the county and many diverse interests.

One of the projects identified in the Long Term Community Recovery Plan was “Ecotourism Marketing and Outreach.” The project’s definition was to “Increase awareness of Chambers County as an ecotourism destination, through branding, marketing, signage, and festival events.” The project goals were to attract additional ecotourism to Chambers County and restore parks and facilities that attract visitors to the County.

Through AgriLife’s nature tourism program, Mr. Phillips provides educational and training programs throughout Texas, and also assists in other parts of the nation. ChaRT has engaged Mr. Phillips to conduct the first phase of a Nature Tourism Initiative in Chambers County. Future information will be posted at http://www.chamberswild.com.  

R.S.V.P. 409-267-3142 or linda.shead@sheadconservation.com.  




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