Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Largemouth Bass Conservation License Plate Celebrates 20 Years of Conservation Milestones

Largemouth bass and Texas rivers license plates directly support conservation and recreational projects in lakes and rivers across the state. Since 2000, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s (TPWD) Conservation License Plate Program (CLPP) has helped generate funds to support state parks, outdoor recreation, wildlife management and research, and conservation projects in Texas. The largemouth bass license plate is celebrating its 20th anniversary and has generated $893,005 for 93 conservation projects through TPWD’s Inland Fisheries Division. […]

TPWD Closure of Galveston Bay Oyster Collection Areas

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is closing TX-1 in Galveston Bay to commercial and recreational oyster harvesting beginning at 12:01 a.m. January 17, 2023. This area was previously closed on January 7 by the Texas Department of State Health Services due to elevated lab results. This closure is based on samples recently collected by TPWD showing low abundance of legal-sized oysters. TPWD has worked with the oyster industry to develop criteria for closing areas […]

Bullock Museum hosts art exhibit celebrating centennial of the Texas State Park System

Exhibition features paintings representing the diverse ecological regions of Texas Art of Texas State Parks opened at the Bullock Texas State History Museum on Saturday, January 7, featuring paintings commissioned to celebrate the Texas State Park System’s centennial. Art of Texas State Parks presents the diverse geography of Texas as interpreted by individual artists. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department commissioned thirty artists and tasked them with exploring and painting 65 parks, natural areas, and historic sites. Thirty-four […]

TPWD Responds to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Decision to List the Lesser Prairie-Chicken

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) executive director David Yoskowitz, Ph.D. said Wednesday he applauds 16 years of “tremendous” voluntary collaboration with private landowners and industry to conserve lesser prairie-chicken habitat and reiterates the department’s opposition to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) listing the species. “This decision jeopardizes decades of voluntary conservation efforts, increases regulatory burden and does not assure recovery of the species,” Yoskowitz said. USFWS published a final rule Nov. 25 listing the lesser […]

TPWD Responds to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Decision to List the Lesser Prairie-Chicken

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) executive director David Yoskowitz, Ph.D. said Wednesday he applauds 16 years of “tremendous” voluntary collaboration with private landowners and industry to conserve lesser prairie-chicken habitat and reiterates the department’s opposition to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) listing the species. “This decision jeopardizes decades of voluntary conservation efforts, increases regulatory burden and does not assure recovery of the species,” Yoskowitz said. USFWS published a final rule Nov. 25 listing the lesser […]

TPWD to Open Oyster Harvest Area in Matagorda Bay

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is opening TX-20 in Matagorda Bay to commercial and recreational oyster harvest beginning at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20. Based on samples recently collected by TPWD, the area meets criteria for reopening. These criteria include parameters for oysters reaching certain thresholds based on the abundance of legal-sized oysters (3 inches or greater) and the percentage of small oysters (2-2.9 inches). All areas currently closed to harvest will continue […]

New Online Portal Available for Oyster Mariculture Permit Application

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) began accepting applications by mail for oyster mariculture permits to grow and harvest oysters commercially in public waters.  Now, these applications can be submitted and tracked electronically through the online TPWD permitting portal. New functionality within the permitting portal allows applicants to submit all documents and answer application questions online. Applicants will have the option to make payments online or by mail. Once their application is submitted, permittees […]

Texas State Parks Kicks Off 100-Year Birthday Celebration with First Day Hikes

Three, two, one … Happy Birthday, Texas State Parks! Park lovers everywhere are invited to help Texas State Parks begin celebrating 100 years Jan. 1 with a First Day Hike. Almost every Texas State Park will host ranger-guided and self-guided walks, bike rides, paddling trips and polar plunges in honor of the national initiative aimed at getting people outdoors. In anticipation for First Day Hikes, media will have an opportunity to interview staff at their […]

TPWD Collaborates with Major League Fishing on Habitat Restoration Project at Lake Bryan

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) Inland Fisheries Division, local anglers and the Bryan Texas Utilities Department (BTUD) collaborated with Major League Fishing (MLF) on a recent project to install new fish habitat in Lake Bryan. MLF Fisheries Management Division, in partnership with Berkley Labs, spearheaded the initiative to improve catfish, crappie, largemouth bass and bluegill spawning survival, adult population density and catchability. TPWD’s Inland Fisheries Division deployed its brand-new habitat barge to aid […]

Biologists Stress Testing Harvests for Chronic Wasting Disease During Deer Season

With the recent discovery of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in Kaufman County, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) biologists are stressing the importance of testing harvested deer taken this hunting season to curb the spread of this deadly disease. CWD is a highly contagious and fatal neurological disease affecting members of the deer family such as white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk and moose. Hunters and landowners can voluntarily submit their harvest for free CWD testing […]