The 80th Texas Legislature has approved additional park funding. Articles say TPWD got about 90% of the funding requested, but the way it was structured is not a long term funding fix.
Funds for new park acquisition are mostly restricted to a specific park near Fort Worth and for use by local and county governments for parks, which seems to preclude prairie conservation with the funds unless a local or county would conserve prairie in a park using the local grant funds.
Other articles about the increases funding:
- Tyler Morning Telegraph: Parks Department Happy With Legislature’s Budget
- Houston Chronicle: House bills nearly double state parks’ budget
- Environment Texas: Details on Parks Funding Victory
- B and B Blog: Parks funding: "a tremendous short-term victory", but long term is "unfinished business"