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Friends of Travel - Give Back
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HISTORY:
In 2012, the Texas Travel Industry Association and Texas Tourism Foundation established a program to allow the travel industry an opportunity to give back to those travel partners that may need our assistance. Volunteer activities have included transplanting pine saplings in the fire-ravaged Bastrop State Park, planting trees in Prairie Dog Town in Lubbock and Marsh Restoration in the Nueces Bay area of Corpus Christi.  

As programs are scheduled, information specific to that event will be posted in the TTIA Events Calendar.

See below for the projects completed as part of Friends of Travel - Give Back!

For our first Friends of Travel – Give Back, held in September 2012, 25 travel industry professionals gathered at Bastrop State Park to help in forest restoration one year after the devastating wildfires that decimated the park Labor Day weekend 2011.  More than 500 pine seedlings were transplanted.
 
   
(Volunteers transplant pine saplings in the fire-ravaged Bastrop State Park, Sept 2012)
 
For our second Friends of Travel - Give Back, held in April 2013, 10 travel industry professionals planted trees in Prairie Dog Town in Lubbock.

       
(Volunteers plant trees at Prairie Dog Town in Lubbock, April 2013)
The volunteer Give Back program scheduled for September 2013 to provide Marsh Restoration in the Nueces Bay of Corpus Christi was unfortunately cancelled due to coastal flooding.  The marsh grasses purchased for this activity were donated by TTIA to the Coastal Bays & Estuaries Program to be used for future restoration projects planned with other volunteer groups.  In lieu of the planned activities, volunteers did gather for a presentation by the Coastal Bays & Estuaries Program on the importance of marsh restoration.


In 2014, the Friends of Travel - Give Back program traveled to Galveston Island where 45 volunteers participated in a beach clean up and an educational kayaking tour. 
 
  
(Volunteers prepare to pick up trash along the beach and participate in the kayak educational tour, September 2014)


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