Texas Parks and Wildlife (TPWD) could suffer under hefty budget cuts. It seems the TPWD will lose 21.5% of their current funding over the next two years. That equates to nearly $150 million dollars and almost 231 full time employees. This could potentially shut down a number of Texas State Parks.
|Dolan Falls Near Devil’s River SNA|
TPWD is already planning to transfer some parks to local control while others will be open fewer hours during the week. For instance Devils River SNA will only be open on weekends starting in September. Primitive campsites along the river will still be available 7 days a week for paddlers who have come down the river only. (Which is a relief after the Devils River SNA closer scare last year.) More parks will close during the week like the Devil’s SNA…but if funds are not raised…some parks could close indefinitely. But there is light at the end of the tunnel.
Legislature has passed a rider that says if TPWD can generate revenue from park fees they can save about 60 full time jobs. Hoping to raise funds TPWD has currently laid off 111 people from about 3,100 total employes and hopes to keep the rest.
You can help TPWD stay open. Simply go visit your state parks more this year Go camping, hiking, and paddling as often as you like or time allows. The entrance fees you pay to play will help keep TPWD afloat and the park gates open. As anyone from Texas knows…we have some truly unique places here….and to lose access would be a tragedy.
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