Summer is here, which means that many Texas families will want to go out and visit their state parks. More than 7 million Texans each year head out to the 93 Texas state parks to spend quality time in the great outdoors doing family-friendly activities like camping, boating, hiking, and fishing. Texas state parks are a huge part of Texas’ tourism and travel industry, which is the third largest industry in the state and brings $51.8 billion into the Texas economy, and employs over half a million Texans. Clearly, state parks are an incredibly important to Texas’ economy. Thanks to last year’s budget cuts, however, Texas Parks and Wildlife is losing 21.5% of their funding this year and next year. 

This afternoon, I testified before the House Committee on Culture, Recreation and Tourism on their Interim Charge to "Study the effects the drought and wildfires have had on tourism and recreation in Texas. Make recommendations for ways to prevent future losses." Here is my written testimony:

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By | Luke Metzger

Welcome to our new website! I hope this will serve as an even better resource for you to keep up to date about Environment Texas' work. But we're always looking to make it even better. Please let me know what you think and what else you'd like to see on the site. 

On Thursday, September 29, Environment Texas' Luke Metzger testified at an EPA hearing in Arlington about proposed new clean air standards for oil and gas drilling operations. Here is his testimony:

Good morning, my name is Luke Metzger and I am the Director of Environment Texas, a statewide, citizen-funded advocate for clean air, clean water and open spaces.

Today’s hearing is especially timely. The DFW is suffering from another orange ozone health warning, where electronic billboards on the highways advise us to limit our outdoor activities.