Natural Resources

Texas, historically, has possessed an abundance of natural resources that have shaped its growth and development but also its places int the country and the world. Among the most important natural resources of Texas are its large mineral deposits under its soil, particularly of petroleum and natural gas, but also its lumber, solar energy, and its numerous and diverse water resources that include its rivers and streams, its bays, estuaries, and aquifers.
  • The Lone Star state is home to some of the most famous birding sites in the country. Several of the over 89 state parks in the state offer some of the best bird-watching experiences because of the thriving biodiversity of Texas, its climate, and geography, which has situated Texas as one of the richest terrestrial birding in the United States.
  • The popularity of “taking the waters” — visiting mineral-water spas — peaked in the 1890s.
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  • Production and value since 1915.
  • Commodities produce millions in cash receipts that benefit Texas' economy. Corn, as a crop, has maintained its position as the highest total value crop produced across Texas and averaged $551.12 million in cash receipts annually from 2013-2017.
  • Agriculture has shaped Texas throughout its history and today it continues to be a factor leading Texas' economy.
  • The principal crops produced in Texas range from cotton, Sorghum, Rice, Wheat, Corn, Hay, Silage, and many other crops.
  • Agriculture is one of the most important industries in Texas.  The state is one of the top producers of livestock including cotton, sheep, goats, hay, and horses as well as many important crops such as vegetables, citrus, corn, wheat, peanuts, pecans, sorghum and rice. Texas is one of the leading exporters of agricultural commodities.
  • Texas Crop Production charts demonstrate the yield of Texas bounty
  • Commercial fishing is a vital industry in Texas and one regulated by the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. The total Texas coastwide landings in 2014 were 74.7 million pounds of seafood, valued at more than $262.6 million.
  • Texas leads the nation in installed wind capacity and generation.
  • The state's rate of job growth was the second highest among the ten most populous states (after Florida) and the sixth highest among all states.
  • Texas thrives when it comes to business and transportation. The rate of job growth, as of 2019, was the second highest among the ten most populous states in the country (after Florida) and the sixth highest among all states.
  • Texas has over 63 million acres of forests and woodlands. These are located across a vast 43-county region that forms the western edge of the southern pine region and extends from the counties of Bowie and Red River in northeast Texas to Jefferson, Harris, and Waller counties in southeast Texas.
  • The leading nonpetroleum mineral commodities produced in Texas include portland cement, crushed stone, contruction sand and gravel, salt, industrial sand and gravel, lime, and masonry cement.These make up more that 95 percent of the state's nonfuel mineral value.

  • Over 142 species of animals, including some that today are extremely rare, are found in Texas.
  • Texas Deals with a Hog Population Boom.

  • Keeping Up with a Texas Tradition

  • From the Gulf to Lone Star Rivers and Lakes, Texas Is Teeming with Fishing Hot Spots

  • No natural resource has greater significance for the future of Texas than water.

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