For the past quarter century, Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation has played a vital role in conserving the lands and waters of Texas through private philanthropy.  More than 170,000 acres have been protected, an area that’s larger than some countries!

Private philanthropy was critical to the successful acquisition of the stunning 17,351-acre Powderhorn Ranch along the Texas coast, the most important coastal land initiative in decades. The property will one day become a state park and wildlife management area, forever conserving habitat for hundreds of species, including the endangered whooping crane.

Created by TPWF, the Texas Coastal Conservation Initiative leverages private investment to maximize conservation of Texas’ coastal resources following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. TPWF established the Gulf Coast Conservation Loan Fund to provide interim financing for time-sensitive land conservation projects along the coast. The effort will amplify the impact of $800 million in Deepwater Horizon settlement funds available to Texas during this unique moment in history.

In 2010, a pristine stretch of the Devils River was saved from development forever after a private fundraising effort brought in $10 million, which was leveraged with $4 million in state and federal funds. This private/public partnership conserved nearly 18,000 acres of biologically diverse and culturally significant land in Val Verde County and included 10 miles of frontage along the crystal-clear Devils River.

Are you ready to join us?

Together, we can ensure the vitality of our lands, waters, and wildlife for the benefit of all Texans.

Stewardship News

Apache Corporation Partners with Foundation to Cover Pool Repairs at Balmorhea

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There’s some new hope for one of Texas’s most loved and missed swimming spots. Today Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation announced they’re partnering with energy company Apache Corporation to cover…

TPWF and Apache Corporation Partner to Raise $2 million for Balmorhea State Park Pool Repairs

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 7, 2018 Media contact: Lydia Saldaña 817.851.5729 lsaldana@tpwf.org Castlen Kennedy 713.296.7189 Castlen.Kennedy@apachecorp.com Apache Corporation announces $1 million challenge grant Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation (TPWF) has…

Phillips 66 Donation Improves Visitor Experience at Sea Center Texas

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 23, 2018 Media contact: Lydia Saldaña 817.851.5729 lsaldana@tpwf.org LAKE JACKSON- Thanks to generous donations from Phillips 66, visitors to Sea Center Texas can now enjoy an…

2018 Texas Conservation Hall of Fame Inductees Selected

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 1, 2018 Media contact: Lydia Saldaña 817.851.5729 lsaldana@tpwf.org Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation (TPWF) has selected the honorees for the 2018 Texas Conservation Hall of Fame: Texas…

Competitive Grants Enhance State Parks Across Texas

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 5, 2017 Media contact: Lydia Saldaña 817.851.5729 lsaldana@tpwf.org Thanks to funding provided by the Meta Alice Keith Bratten Foundation, 17 state parks across Texas will soon…

Phillips 66 Donation Benefits Texas Coastal Conservation

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 20, 2017 Media contact: Lydia Saldaña 817.851.5729 lsaldana@tpwf.org Thanks to a $75,000 donation from Phillips 66, efforts to conserve a barrier island off the Texas coast…

Powderhorn Ranch Teaches Youth About Coast

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POWDERHORN RANCH TEACHES YOUTH ABOUT COAST BY ESTHER M HACKLEMAN January 4, 2017 Grayson George taunted his dad as the two waited in a deer blind. They go back and…

Riverbank Access Expanded For Winter Trout

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RIVERBANK ACCESS EXPANDED FOR WINTER TROUT BY DAVID SIKES December 24, 2016 Rainbow trout migration underway to Texas streams and ponds Now that rainbow releases have begun along the Guadalupe River, it’s…

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