Archive for May 14th, 2012

Nature Tourism: Texas “Staycation”

Monday, May 14th, 2012

This is Passport to Texas

This summer as many Americans take their annual vacations, many will travel within the Lone Star State to reconnect with nature and see wildlife…

09—Including hunting, fishing, bird watching, visiting parks…the data that we see on the national level shows that nature related vacations is definitely growing.

Linda Campbell oversees the private lands program at Parks and Wildlife. Most vacationers would rather see wildlife drinking at a pond than tourists sipping umbrella drinks at a hotel pool…and landowners are recognizing this as an economic opportunity.

14—Most landowners are motivated by the fact that they would like to diversify income on their property…many are already involved in wildlife recreation, in other forms, you know, offering hunting, and so this is a short step to looking at a different audience.

Trail-based activities such as hiking, bicycling and horseback riding as three of the most popular activities Texans partake in close to home or away on vacation. Photography and wildlife viewing are also high on the list.

Coming up on tomorrow’s show…making nature tourism your business…

10—We do provide technical assistance to landowners and communities interested in making nature-based tourism a part of their economic development.

Find eco-tourism opportunities in the calendar section of the TPW website. The Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration program supports our series and works to restore wildlife habitat in Texas. For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.