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).


Houston billionaire Dan Friedkin is chairman of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission.
A Kisskadee perches at Resaca de la Palma, a World Birding Center Texas state park. Birding tourism, a huge industry in the Rio Grande Valley, could be affected by negative environmental impacts of the border wall.
Executive Director of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept, Carter Smith, speaks to visitors at Bastrop State Park about the restoration efforts following wildfires on October 13, 2011. Other Animals Landowners Requested to Take by Helicopter 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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