Tribpedia: Texas Parks And Wildlife

The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department is the state agency with responsibility over conservation of fish and wildlife species and has authority over hunting, fishing and other outdoor recreation activities across the state. The agency also manages numerous cultural and historic sites in Texas.

The agency, which has roughly 3,200 employees, is overseen by a nine-member commission appointed by the governor. The commission holds regular public meetings

The agency currently has 11 internal divisions:

Program Divisions


Administrative Divisions

The agency gets part of its funding from the Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation, a non-profit group that has raised more than $70 million for parks projects since 1991.

Read more about the agency: Texas Parks and Wildlife Department History: 1963-2003 (PDF).


Bastrop State park on April 16, 2012.
Officer Roger Dolle, Bastrop State Park's Site Manager, examining a 100 ft. clearing near a road that was previously dominated by Loblolly pines and oaks. The oak trees come back in a bush-like because their roots resisted the heat from the fire more readily than the pines. April 16, 2012.
The bird’s eye-view from Scenic Mountain draws many visitors to Big Spring State Park in West Texas. Devil's River Ranch USS Battleship Texas and the San Jacinto monument

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