The mission of TPWD is “to manage and conserve the natural and cultural resources of Texas and to provide hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation opportunities for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.” As reflected in the Parks and Wildlife Code, the department’s responsibilities encompass a range of activities.
State law authorizes TPWD to plan, acquire, improve, operate and maintain a system of public lands, including many historical and cultural sites. These resources include over 1.4 million acres of parks and recreation areas, wildlife management areas, natural areas and historic/cultural areas. In all, the department manages 95 state parks and 47 wildlife management areas.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department – Financial Overview
Increase Texas Parks and Wildlife Department funding:
Code – Texas Constitution
Article – 3 Legislative
Section – 49 (e) Texas Park Development Fund
Code – Parks and Wildlife
Code – Tax Code
Chapter – 162 Motor Fuels Tax
Section – 162.502 Allocation of Unclaimed Refundable Gasoline Taxes
Chapter – 151 Limited Sales, Excise Tax, and Use of Tax
Section – 151.801 Disposition of Proceeds