Parks & Wildlife

Texas is home to tens of thousands of native animal and plant species and ecosystems which compose the rich biodiversity of the state. These species form the fabric of over 800 habitat types, from bottomland hardwood forests, big tooth maple canyons, to black grama grasslands. You may see these and other species in their natural habitats when you visit any of the 89 state parks or state natural area located across Texas. Many plants and animals depend on state parks to stay alive and thrive. With every visit, you help protect and conserve the rich biodiversity of Texas.
  • 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.
  • Links to find more information about recreation in Texas
  • 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 sells a variety of hunting and fishing licenses through the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TWPD).
  • Mesquite has had an important role in Texas history. Mesquite grows at least one-third of the land area of the state and in all regions except the East Texas Piney Woods.
  • Texas natural resources are abundant and the rich biodiversity of the state thrives across its many geographic environment that include millions of acress of forestland.
  • 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

  • Women Chart Their Own Hunting and Fishing Paths

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

  • Lady Bird Johnson was and continues to be a beloved Texas icon.
  • Once dominated by the Missions, Texas ranching shaped Texas, its history and environment.
  • Texas has a rich and diverse array of plant species due to the amount and frequency of rainfall, diversity of soils, and the number of frost-free days.

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