Texas State Parks Appeal for Help Closing a Budget Gap

Record heat, drought and wildfires meant fewer Texans visiting state parks this year, and that meant a steep decline in revenue. Now, as the Texas State Parks and Wildlife Department attempts to recover from devastating fire damage, it is also trying to close a $4.6 million gap in the its 2012 operating budget. That's where the department hopes Texans will come in.

The department held 11 news conferences, announcing its campaign to raise money from Texans to prevent parks from closing down. Historically, visitor fees fund half the department’s $69 million operating budget. In recent years, state park visits ...

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