Want to help fish and wildlife? Go hunting and fishing
Tough times in Texas brings a reminder that the most successful conservation model in history is still critical: User fees paid by sportsmen. After state budget cutters took a 21.5 percent bite out of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Division operating funds, Carter Smith, TPWD executive director, had this advice to sportsmen looking at reduced services: "These are challenging times for all state agencies, but if those who love wildlife and parks feel moved to help, there is an easy way to do so. It's this simple: go fishing and hunting, and visit your state parks. Regardless of how often you go, when you buy a license or a state park pass, it's an investment in the user-pay, user-benefit model of North American conservation. We will need healthy license sales and park attendance to get us through the next two years. Also, the legislature created a vehicle registration donation option that is very important for state parks."