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Aug. 16, 2022

TPWD, City of Hidalgo Team up to Expand Fishing Opportunities

AUSTIN — City of Hidalgo, using grant funding provided through a partnership with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), has completed a series of projects to improve fish habitat and fishing access at Old Hidalgo Pumphouse Channel. The site is located directly adjacent to the Old Hidalgo Pumphouse Museum and World Birding Center.

July 15, 2022

Join Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine’s Great Outdoor Scavenger Hunt for Fun Summer Adventure

AUSTIN – Summer’s going by fast but there’s still time to jump in the car for an unforgettable road trip, near home or across the state.

July 13, 2022

Palo Duro to Begin Closing Four Trails During Extreme Heat Days for Visitor’s Safety

CANYON—To curb the risk for heat exposure to visitors, Palo Duro Canyon State Park will begin closing select trails between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. when the National Weather Service issues heat advisories for the area.

June 28, 2022

Texas State Parks Share Six Tips for Staying Safe on the Trails

AUSTIN— As we enter the summer months, Texans are heading to Texas State Parks to enjoy time outdoors. Last year, 43 state parks reported 102 heat-related illnesses in humans and pets. Since January 1, 54 heat-related incidents have already been reported, compared to 34 reported by this time last year.

El Departamento de Parques Estatales de Texas les Comparte Seis Consejos para Mantenerse a Salvo en los Senderos

AUSTIN — Al entrar en los meses del verano, los tejanos estarán visitando los Parques Estatales de Texas para disfrutar el tiempo en la naturaleza.  El año pasado, 43 parques estatales reportaron 102 casos de enfermedades relacionadas con el calor en humanos y en mascotas.  Desde el 1 de enero a la fecha ya se han reportado 54 incidentes relacionados con el calor, comparado con los 34 que fueron reportados para este momento el año pasado. Al dispararse las temperaturas hasta los tres dígitos, el Departamento de Parques y Vida Silvestre de Texas está compartiendo sus sugerencias para mantenerse seguros al estar al aire libre.

June 22, 2022

Galveston Island State Park Reopens June 27 After Beachside Renovations

GALVESTON— Galveston Island State Park is reopening the beachside of the park on June 27 after completing a major redevelopment project which began in the summer of 2019. The Galveston Island State Park Beach Redevelopment project was brought to fruition thanks to $10.6 million in Deepwater Horizon Natural Resources Damage Assessment (NRDA) Phase III Early Restoration funds from the Texas Trustees.

June 17, 2022

TPWD Executive Director Carter Smith Announces Retirement

AUSTIN—Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) Executive Director Carter Smith announced today he will retire effective January 2023, ending a nearly 15-year tenure that strengthened private-lands stewardship, expanded state parks and wildlife management areas, bolstered conservation, law enforcement, and park funding, and brought a renewed focus on connecting Texans young and old with the state’s natural resources.

May 31, 2022

El Día de Pesca Gratis en Texas es el 4 de Junio

AUSTIN — Los pescadores de todo Texas ya están marcando el calendario y empacando su caja con el equipo de pesca para aprovechar el Día de Pesca Gratis el 4 de junio.  Cada año, en el primer sábado de junio los texanos pueden pescar en cualquier cuerpo de agua público en el estado sin necesidad de tener un permiso para pesca.

Free Fishing Day Arrives in Texas June 4

AUSTIN – Anglers across Texas are marking their calendars and packing their tackle boxes for Free Fishing Day June 4. Each year on the first Saturday in June, Texans can fish on any public waterbody in the state without a fishing license.

May 26, 2022

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Awards $4.8 Million in recreational Trail Grants to Texas Communities

AUSTIN— During Thursday’s meeting, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission approved more than $4.8 million dollars in grants funding 17 motorized and non-motorized recreational trail-related projects across the state.