The Buffer Lands Program is a competitive grant program established by Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation. The program contributes matching funds to establish conservation easements adjacent to or near existing state parks, state natural areas, wildlife management areas or Texas Parks and Wildlife conservation projects focused on high-priority wildlife species.
To learn more about the program, selection criteria and more, please see the program application.
The acquisition of the stunning 17,351‐acre Powderhorn Ranch along the Texas coast is the most important Texas coastal land initiative to occur in a generation.
Located along Matagorda Bay, immediately northwest of Port O’Connor, Powderhorn Ranch boasts more than 11 miles of tidal bay front. The acquisition of this magnificent coastal property will conserve one of Texas’ largest remaining tracts of unspoiled coastal prairie, with a wide range of intact aquatic habitats, thousands of acres of freshwater wetlands, salt marshes and tidal flats, and extensive forests of mature coastal live oak. Fundraising continues for the acquisition of this stunning piece of the Texas coast, which will eventually become a state park. More information on Powderhorn Ranch can be found in articles, video, and photos throughout the TPWF site.
The fastest land animal in the Western Hemisphere is facing critically low populations in its native region. Learn how TPWF is helping to restore this magnificent animal.
In the heart of Texas, the population of 18 Hill Country counties has grown by nearly 700,000 people over the last decade, resulting in increased demands on nearby rivers. TPWF is working to ensure the long-term health of these critical water sources.
Love State Parks? So do we. That’s why we’re working to ensure that the unparalleled natural beauty and abundance of outdoor recreation opportunities found in our state parks are here for generations to come.
An integral part of TPWF’s Keeping it Wild campaign is to support outdoor recreation by raising private funds for critical state park projects close to major population centers. These projects include providing essential amenities for the new Palo Pinto Mountains State Park just west of Fort Worth, restoring fire-damaged Bastrop State Park near Austin, and enhancing Kronkosky State Natural Area, located half an hour’s drive from San Antonio. In addition, TPWF helps support valuable educational and outreach programs like Texas Outdoor Family, which provides low-cost camping workshops and free equipment use for families.
For Texas Game Wardens, it’s not just a job. It’s a way of life.
The best game wardens in America need the best training in the world. Learn how you can help.
Texas Game Wardens are widely recognized as the best-trained corps of conservation officers in the nation and provide an invaluable service to the people of Texas. In 2014, TPWF launched Phase II of the Game Warden Training Center capital campaign to raise $9 million in private funds. The $9 million needed for Phase II will support the construction of new cadet dormitories and a water training facility, as well as the renovation of the existing kitchen, instructor’s quarters, and medic center.
The completed Phase I of the world-class Game Warden Training Center includes the Governor William P. Clements Plaza; Lee M. Bass Administration Building; Dan & Debra Friedkin Education Building; Luminant Fitness Center; Joe McBride Firearms Training Range; and the Kathie and Ed Cox, Jr. Dining Hall.
In Texas, hunting is more than a sport; it’s part of our heritage. TPWF helps support opportunities for youth to learn the values of patience, perseverance, and respect for nature.
TPWD and Texas Wildlife Association have established the Texas Youth Hunting Scholarship Program to increase youth interest in wildlife and hunting activities. Overseen by experienced volunteers, the program offers affordable weekend hunts that teach critical outdoor skills, safety, wildlife management, personal responsibility, and respect for private property. Youth participants are able to have fun while learning about natural resource conservation and management from game wardens, biologists, landowners, experienced hunters, and hunter education instructors.