Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Looks to Rebound

After drought, wildfires and budget cuts devastated the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department last year, parks officials say things are looking up this summer. But the agency's funding woes are far from over.

TPWD has raised about $1.7 million through a fundraising campaign launched in December to help close a $4.6 million budget gap, but about $3 million is still needed.

In the short term, TPWD has delayed hiring and some park maintenance to cut spending. It also has decided to relinquish control of Lake Texana State Park in Edna, which it has leased from the Lavaca-Navidad ...

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