Texas Parks & Wildlife http://tpr.org en Ecology And Biology The Main Attraction At New Hardberger Center http://tpr.org/post/ecology-and-biology-main-attraction-new-hardberger-center <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">San Antonio is opening its first major <a href="http://www.sanantonio.gov/parksandrec/directory_hardberger.aspx" target="_blank">Urban Ecology Center</a> this weekend in Phil Hardberger Park. The</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> city said the new venue is designed as a gathering place for nature studies and major events.</span></p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 14:10:24 +0000 Eileen Pace 17984 at http://tpr.org Ecology And Biology The Main Attraction At New Hardberger Center Davis Mountains State Park Closing For Six Months http://tpr.org/post/davis-mountains-state-park-closing-six-months <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A popular state park in West Texas is closing for six months while the staff undertakes a major upgrade of the park’s utility system.</span></p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 14:13:40 +0000 Eileen Pace 17084 at http://tpr.org Davis Mountains State Park Closing For Six Months Submit Your Drought Photos To State Photo Contest http://tpr.org/post/submit-your-drought-photos-state-photo-contest <p>The on-going drought in Texas is drying up farms, ranches and wildlife but it’s also a historic event for the state, which is now looking at capturing and preserving the images of the drought.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/groups/texasdrought/" target="_blank">What does your Texas drought look like?</a> is a statewide photo campaign that invites Texans to contribute their photos of the effects of the drought using social media.</p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 18:19:29 +0000 David Martin Davies 16157 at http://tpr.org Submit Your Drought Photos To State Photo Contest The Source: Memorial Day - BRAC, The Legislature And The Civilian Conservation Corps http://tpr.org/post/source-memorial-day-brac-legislature-and-civilian-conservation-corps <p></p><p><strong>In the first segment:</strong></p><p>The Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC) is looking at another round of real estate adjustments. In the past, BRAC closed San Antonio’s Kelly Air Force Base but it has also expanded the military’s medical operations in the Alamo City.</p><p>San Antonio Congressman Joaquín Castro is leading an effort to protect the city’s military assets from future possible cuts.</p><p><strong>In the second segment:</strong></p> Tue, 28 May 2013 15:01:26 +0000 David Martin Davies 12126 at http://tpr.org The Source: Memorial Day - BRAC, The Legislature And The Civilian Conservation Corps BP To Pay Texas $18 Million From Deepwater Horizon Disaster http://tpr.org/post/bp-pay-texas-18-million-deepwater-horizon-disaster <p>Texas is included in five of 28 restoration projects across the Gulf of Mexico under a conditional agreement between BP and Natural Resource Damage Assessment trustees.</p><p>Texas Parks and Wildlife spokesman Tom Harvey said although the Texas coast was less visibly impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Texas wildlife was affected.</p> Mon, 06 May 2013 20:47:40 +0000 Eileen Pace 10911 at http://tpr.org BP To Pay Texas $18 Million From Deepwater Horizon Disaster House Passes Bill Banning Practice Of Shark Finning http://tpr.org/post/house-passes-bill-banning-practice-shark-finning <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=83R&amp;Bill=HB852" target="_blank">House Bill 852</a>, which has passed</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in the Texas House, places tighter restrictions on the controversial fishing practice called shark finning.</span></p> Fri, 03 May 2013 22:38:00 +0000 Ryan Poppe 10796 at http://tpr.org House Passes Bill Banning Practice Of Shark Finning Texas Parks And Wildlife Getting By With Help From Private Donations http://tpr.org/post/texas-parks-and-wildlife-getting-help-private-donations <p>Last year Whole Earth Provision<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> raised $30,000 for </span>the <a href="http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/" target="_blank">Texas Parks and Wildlife Department</a> and<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> hopes to break its own record this year.</span></p><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Texas State Parks suffered a tremendous drop in visitors in 2011 that was blamed on extreme heat, the drought and the devastating wildfires - especially in </span>Bastrop<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> State Park.</span></p> Mon, 08 Apr 2013 19:05:00 +0000 Eileen Pace 9272 at http://tpr.org Texas Parks And Wildlife Getting By With Help From Private Donations Putting Money Back Into Texas State Parks http://tpr.org/post/putting-money-back-texas-state-parks <p><span lang="EN-GB">Texas lawmakers are looking to save Texas state parks from closing down by making sure that taxpayer funds intended for state parks get there.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span lang="EN-GB">When you go to a sporting goods store and buy a canoe there is a little tax that supports the Texas park system, since a person would be likely to enjoy paddling that canoe on Texas state waterways. </span></p><p><span lang="EN-GB">Over the years the state diverted that park tax money and held it in order to balance the state budget on paper.<o:p></o:p></span></p> Mon, 04 Feb 2013 17:53:43 +0000 David Martin Davies 5724 at http://tpr.org Putting Money Back Into Texas State Parks Increasing Number Of Black Bears Spotted In South Texas http://tpr.org/post/increasing-number-black-bears-spotted-south-texas <p></p><p>Counties along the Texas-Mexico border are reporting higher numbers of hungry invaders from Mexico -- bears -- and wildlife biologists are trying to quickly educate border residents about the dos and don’ts of living with the big mammals.</p><p>Black bears are native to most of the Southwest, but in Texas, human development, hunting and trapping drove the ursine wildlife out of most of South Texas and the Hill Country decades ago.</p> Mon, 10 Dec 2012 15:30:51 +0000 David Martin Davies 3032 at http://tpr.org Increasing Number Of Black Bears Spotted In South Texas Texas Parks & Wildlife Restore Bighorns to Big Bend Ranch State Park http://tpr.org/post/texas-parks-wildlife-restore-bighorns-big-bend-ranch-state-park <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It looked like the opening of the television show "M*A*S*H" —a helicopter flying over a mountainscape carrying a passenger in need of care.</span></p><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Personnel run out to meet the chopper, grab the patient and get to work.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><p></p>But this is in West Texas at the Elephant Mountain Wildlife Management Area, and the patients are desert bighorn sheep.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><p></p> Thu, 30 Dec 2010 16:37:14 +0000 David Martin Davies 5960 at http://tpr.org