Archive for January 18th, 2013

The Next 50 Years at TPWD

Friday, January 18th, 2013

Carter Smith © Lynn McBride, the Nature Conservancy

Carter Smith © Lynn McBride, the Nature Conservancy

This is Passport to Texas

When the State Parks Board and the Texas Game and Fish Commission merged fifty years ago, hope and anxiety ran high. Today, the wisdom of that union is certain, as are the challenges ahead.

08— We’re going to have many challenges ahead in the next fifty years, just as we have had them in the past fifty years. We’ve tackled them all head on, and this will be no different.

Carter Smith, Texas Parks and Wildlife Executive Director, says the agency will continue to deal with the day-to-day and the crises as they arise.

31—None of that’s going to change. But the real battle…the real fight for us is going to be for the hearts and minds of Texans that aren’t even born yet. We serve a state that’s been urban for sixty years, but in the future it’s going to be even more urban, even more diverse, and it’s going to be ever more populated by fellow citizens who have even less of a direct connection to the places that we steward on their behalf.

The agency’s challenge is to make support of Texas’ environmental and cultural legacy meaningful.

08— And to establish connections to help foster that desire to get out and explore the wonders and beauties of our lands and waters.

Connect with the outdoors, and share it with others. Get started on the Texas Parks and Wildlife website.

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