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[ Media Contact: TPWD News, news@tpwd.texas.gov, 512-389-8030 ]
Aug. 7, 2019
Battleship Texas Closes to the Public Aug. 26
LA PORTE-- The Battleship Texas State Historic Site will close to the public Aug. 26, allowing staff and contractors full accessibility to the ship ensuring they can safely perform the necessary preparation work ahead of a repair project. The last day the public will be able to explore the Battleship Texas will be Sunday, Aug. 25.
"It is important that we take the necessary steps to preserve the profound legacy of the Battleship Texas," said Rodney Franklin, Director of Texas State Parks. "I look forward to the next chapter that the Battleship will experience after these much-needed repairs are completed. The ship has taken part in some of the most significant naval battles of the 20th century and we hope it will continue to be around for future generations of Texans to enjoy."
During the closure, staff will be cataloging and securing thousands of artifacts on board the ship, as well as removing large exhibit collections before it is transported for repair.
Visitors will continue to have access to the San Jacinto Monument, the San Jacinto Battleground and the park's nature trails during the closure.
For more information, visit the Battleship Texas State Historic Site and the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site's park pages on the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's website.

[ Media Contact: TPWD News, news@tpwd.texas.gov, 512-389-8030 ]
Aug. 7, 2019
Partial Closure of Big Bend Ranch State Park Runs Aug. 19-27 for Wildlife Surveys
TERLINGUA-- The interior of the Big Bend Ranch State Park Complex will be closed for the safety of park visitors during wildlife surveys Aug. 19 - 27. During the surveys, staff will be counting desert bighorn sheep by helicopter and dispatching non-native aoudad (barbary sheep) when encountered.
Aoudad compete heavily for resources with the bighorn sheep and other native species and have the potential to transmit diseases to the sheep. Control of this invasive species is needed to protect the park's native plants and animals as well as springs and other water resources that animals depend upon.
The Barton Warnock Visitor Center (east entrance) and Fort Leaton State Historic Site (west entrance) will remain open during these surveys, as well as facilities, campgrounds, river access and trails south of FM170.
Information about bighorn sheep can be found on the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department website.