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Funding Texas' Parks and Wildlife: No Walk Through the Park
Parks may finally get more funding, but advocates are wary of shifting some assets to the Texas Historical Commission
"...Texas' parks last week came one step closer to seeing..."

May 8, 2007 News Post by Daniel Mottola

Texas Parks in Harm's Way
New report sounds alarm that Texas parks are being financially starved, warns that many of the state's open spaces and parks are under immediate threat
"...to seek peace of mind and reconnect with nature – whether at Austin's Barton Springs or in a park..."

March 3, 2006 News Feature by Daniel Mottola

Texas Parks Get Drilled
Sierra Club files suit over Bush loosening of oil-and- gas rules
"...on drilling for oil and natural gas under national parks – including here in Texas, at places like Padre..."

Nov. 26, 2004 News Feature by Wells Dunbar

Temporary, But Indefinite: Texas State Parks Close Tonight
Governor orders closure to mitigate spread of COVID-19
"...So far in the ongoing coronavirus crisis, Texas’ state parks have stayed open, clocking in March 740,000..."

April 7, 2020 News Post by Kimberley Jones

Day Trips & Beyond: Texas Springs Under Threat
Visit these five watering holes while you can
"...Welcome to the best a Texas hot spell has to offer. It doesn’t get any..."

April 20, 2017 Travel Post by Gerald E. McLeod

Bell Blasts Perry for Underfunded Parks
Crisis predates current administration, but Dem says guv could have prodded Lege
"...same parental neglect as every other state-owned park across Texas, and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chris Bell has made the..."

Aug. 4, 2006 News Feature by Amy Smith

Preserving Planet Texas
Outdoor-loving Texans can thank the federal government for requiring the state to firm up its state parks planning over the next decade.
"...for requiring the state to firm up its state parks planning over the next decade. Last week the Texas..."

July 5, 2002 News Feature by Dan Oko

Dip, Sip, & ’Que: A Texas Trilogy
Day Trips on the best barbecue and swimming holes in Central Texas
"...Summertime in Texas goes better with the cooling effects of dipping your..."

June 30, 2016 Columns Post by Gerald E. McLeod

Salvaging Our Parks
Texas State Parks Advisory Committee releases list of recommendations for saving long-neglected state park system
"...bill that would have shored up funding for state parks drew little notice and died quietly in a House..."

Sept. 1, 2006 News Feature by Amy Smith

Water Parks, Swimming Holes, and More Options to Keep You Cool
Beat the heat with these H2Options
"...says you have to be miserable in these record-breaking Texas temperatures? Austin has an abundance of enjoyable outdoor water..."

July 18, 2018 Events Post by Eilish O'Sullivan

Parks, Wildlife, and Racism
Wardens recount longstanding, institutional discrimination against African-Americans at TP&W
"..."Who becomes a Texas game warden is decided at conception," said one veteran..."

Aug. 10, 2012 News Feature by Patricia J. Ruland

Will Lege Rescue Starving State Parks?
Legislators claim help is on way for suffering parks system
"...Texas is among the nation's Top 5 fastest-growing states, but..."

Feb. 9, 2007 News Feature by Daniel Mottola

Explore the Natural Beauty of Texas at These Four State Parks
The best outdoor destinations near Austin are just a road trip away
"...make it easy to forget the 630,000-plus acres of Texas state parks and natural areas that lie only a..."

May 17, 2019 Features Feature by Beth Sullivan

Texas Should Really Care About Parks and Wildlife
"...decades since the Legislature has adequately funded our state parks. Even still, dedicated state employees (yes, they do exist!)..."

Feb. 21, 2007 Postmarks

Day Trips & Beyond: Texas Travel
A trip planner for the month of March
"...With the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s updated Great Texas Wildlife Trail..."

March 9, 2016 Travel Post by Gerald E. McLeod

Day Trips: Bat-Watching in Texas
Six places to watch the bats
"...one of the most beautiful spectacles of nature, and Texas has them in abundance...."

June 18, 2021 Column by Gerald E. McLeod

Downtown Puzzle: Waller Creek’s Chain of Parks
What’s happened already with the ambitious park and trail project, and what might happen next
"...$230 million. Funds already accrued include $13 million in Parks & Recreation bonds approved by voters in 2012, some..."

Sept. 22, 2017 News Feature by Robyn Ross

Reptile Hunters Rattled Over Ban on 'Texas Tradition'
Feeling singled out, they're threatening to sue state over legislation banning roadside hunting of wild animals
"...state over what they call the destruction of a Texas tradition. The argument is over parts of House Bill..."

July 27, 2007 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Parks and Rec Shocker: More Money
PARD to get its biggest budget bump in years
"...It's not exactly a windfall, but the Parks and Recreation Department could get its biggest funding boost..."

Aug. 31, 2012 News Feature by Amy Smith

Parks Smoking Ban, More Up Thursday
No ifs, ands, or (37,000) butts: One smokin' council agenda
"...disappoint with a wooly, 139-item agenda this Thursday. A parks smoking ban, a Comp Plan, bond election love-in, and..."

Dec. 5, 2011 News Post by Wells Dunbar

The Legendary Snow Monkeys of Texas
A brief open season on monkeys resulted in protections for them in the Lone Star State
"...two of them nursing mothers, had been shot dead – "blowed apart," according to the game warden called to..."

Aug. 5, 2005 News Feature by Ed Baker

State Parks Feel Pinch
"...for a conservation license plate goes straight to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. While that program has actually..."

Oct. 23, 2009 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

It's Real and It's Spectacular: Seinfeld Stars To Raise Funds for Texas Dems
Any-size donation gets you in the (virtual) door Friday
"...plan to fundraise about … something, right here in Texas...."

Oct. 21, 2020 News Post by Mary Tuma

Day Trips: Statues of Texas Women
A list of Texas women who stand tall
"...Statues of Texas women are in short supply compared to likenesses of..."

March 6, 2020 Column by Gerald E. McLeod

Day Trips & Beyond: Of Texas Rivers & Texas Art
Collection expands our appreciation for nature and art
"...subtracted from as we climb through our years. Of Texas Rivers & Texas Art supplements our memories. Like another..."

April 26, 2017 Travel Post by Gerald E. McLeod

Texas Book Festival 2016: The Full List
TBF hosts Don DeLillo, Thomas Dolby, Emma Cline, 277 more
"...the newly announced list of authors for the 2016 Texas Book Festival. With 280 authors on board – among..."

Sept. 15, 2016 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Texas Book Festival Lineup Revealed
Attendees include Junot Díaz, Cheryl Strayed, and... Tony Danza?
"...The Texas Book Festival announced its 2012 slate today, featuring big..."

Sept. 12, 2012 Books Post by Kimberley Jones

What Is the Texas Energy Center?
Is it a taxpayer-financed boondoggle for the oil and gas industry, or an economic development driver of new jobs and cutting-edge technology?
"...• The TEC has received $3.6 million from Gov. Rick..."

Sept. 8, 2006 News Feature by Amy Smith

How to Keep Water in Central Texas
Long-range planning tries to cover multiple bases, but some say environment is left out
"...Every year brings more people to Central Texas, and with them more lawns to water, SUVs to..."

Sept. 2, 2005 News Feature by Rachel Proctor May

Texas' Cotton Boll
Farmers Fight Boll Weevil Program in Court
"...boll weevil eradication program had a showdown at the Texas Supreme Court. Supporters said the Legislature was correct in..."

Nov. 29, 1996 News Feature by Robert Bryce

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