Archive for December 8th, 2010

Texas Conservation Action Plan

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

This is Passport to Texas

The Texas Conservation Action Plan is a natural resource conservation strategy that directs and guides parks and Wildlife research, restoration, management and recovery of non-game species. It all starts with habitat.

08—And in Texas, of course, over 95% of the land is in private ownership, and it sets up a perfect public-private partnership.

Matt Wagner, deputy Director for the Wildlife Division, says landowner participation is critical when it comes to conservation of our state’s natural resources.

19—And they come to us most of the time for hunting and improving habitat for deer and other game species. At the same time our biologists are educating them about the non-game that occur on their property—whether it’s plants or animals. So that their actions can benefit non-game as well.

In addition to landowners, Texas Parks and Wildlife also partners with various public and private organizations and universities, and points to improvements in Texas to threatened and endangered species, as proof these partnerships work.

18—The bald eagle, of course, has been delisted. Peregrine falcons on the Texas coast now for the first time in more than 30 years, folks are able to go down and actually trap peregrines for hawking purposes on a limited basis because those animals have recovered to sustainable levels.

There’s more work to do, and you can help when you buy the horned lizard conservation license plate. It costs $30, with $22 going to non-game conservation in Texas.

We receive support from the Sport Fish and Wildlife Restoration Program…funding the private lands and public hunting programs.

For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.