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Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation

Our goal is to fund transformational projects that will keep Texas home to wild things & wild places. Working together with the TPWD, we have carefully identified the key priorities for an effort that will ensure that the rich natural resources, wildlife and historic legacy of Texas persist for future generations. We are raising over $100 million in private funds to advance our state’s proud traditions of conservation, stewardship, and outdoor recreation.


TPWF will invest campaign funds in irreplaceable wildlife habitat and recreational lands. The acquisition of the 17,351-acre Powderhorn Ranch along the Texas coast on Matagorda Bay, the second largest bay in the Gulf of Mexico, is the most important coastal land initiative in the state.

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Leveraged with dedicated public funding, TPWF will devote funds from the Keeping It Wild campaign for state parks and life-enhancing outdoor experiences. Critical projects close to major population centers include: providing essential amenities for Palo Pinto Mountains State Park west of Fort Worth, restoring fire-damaged Bastrop State Park near Austin, and enhancing Kronkosky State Natural Area located outside of San Antonio.

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Texas Parks and Wildlife Department identifies focal species and develops strategies to guide long-term conservation investments. Keeping It Wild funds will support strategies such as habitat restoration and enhancement, species propagation, land acquisition, and research and biological monitoring. Examples of focal species include pronghorn, bobwhite quail, southern flounder, and Guadalupe bass.

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Texas Game Wardens lead the way in search and rescue operations and in conservation law enforcement and education. Campaign funds will be used to complete the nationally recognized Texas Game Warden Training Center, which is located on 220 donated acres in Hamilton County and provides hands-on learning for our Game Wardens.

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Keeping It Wild Leadership

T. Dan Friedkin
Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission
Campaign Chair

Mark E. Bivins
Executive Committee,
Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation
Campaign Vice Chair

Carter Smith
Executive Director,
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Anne Brown
Executive Director,
Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation