Texas Parks and Wildlife

Texas State Government
8:00 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Q: Texas doesn't have enough money to ____

Pedernales Falls State Park, a popular destination outside of Austin.
Credit MOSE BUCHELE / http://stateimpact.npr.org/

A:  Keep up its state parks.

State parks in Texas have always had one struggle, and that’s money.  In the early 1900s, Texas landowners tried to donate large chunks of land to create state parks.  Initially they were turned down by lawmakers who didn’t want to fund the maintenance costs, and when the land was finally accepted, it was without the promise of upkeep.  Fifty years later, not much has changed according to StateImpact Texas.

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8:01 pm
Sun June 30, 2013

Texas Game Wardens: There is no normal day at the office

Part of the take by Texas Game Wardens from serving a search warrant on a Texas residence in April, 2013. The seizures included a collection of illegally taken wildlife mounts, a quantity of marijuana and $4,000 in cash.
Credit Texas Game Warden's facebook page

  If you work for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, a typical day does not exist.  The day could bring a drug bust, seizure of gill nets, or rescuing a youngster drifting from shore in the family's boat.  State Impact Texas recently featured a few of the more unexpected situations game wardens face on a "typical" day.  One tense incident occurred at Palo Duro Lake in the Texas Panhandle.