Environment Texas calls for increased state park funding

Right now, Texans are becoming far too familiar with overcrowded, underfunded, not-so-great outdoors. 

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Mary Katherine Moore
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Author: Mary Katherine Moore

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Mary Katherine creates print and digital content with the Creative Team for The Public Interest Network, with a focus on Environment America and its state affiliates. Mary Katherine lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she enjoys reading, running, baking and hiking.

From the beaches along the Gulf of Mexico to the deserts of El Paso, Texans are no strangers to the great outdoors. But right now, we're becoming far too familiar with overcrowded, underfunded, not-so-great outdoors. 

For years, Environment Texas has called for increased parkland through our Million Acre Park Project. That’s one reason why, on Sept. 21, we joined conservation leaders in urging state officials to fulfill the $240 million in funding for conservation under the American Rescue Plan Act. Our call reflects the desires of Texas voters who, in 2019, voted overwhelmingly in favor of increased funding for state parks.  

“This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to revitalize Texas’ parks system,” said Environment Texas Conservation Associate Seth Billingsley. “We need to spend these funds in a way that will benefit current and future generations of Texans, giving everyone access to the great outdoors.”

Environment Texas hopes to expand our state’s parklands by 2023, which marks the centennial of the Texas parks system.

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Mary Katherine Moore
Content Creator

Author: Mary Katherine Moore

Content Creator

Started on staff: 2020
B.A., magna cum laude, Boston University

Mary Katherine creates print and digital content with the Creative Team for The Public Interest Network, with a focus on Environment America and its state affiliates. Mary Katherine lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she enjoys reading, running, baking and hiking.