Texas State Parks

History
5:13 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Why This Travis County Tree Has Been Declared 'Famous'

Texas Forest Service

In Southeast Travis County, between Stassney Lane and McKinney Falls Parkway, is a tree that’s stood witness to history going back 300 years.

Old Baldy,” a 103-foot-tall bald-cypress in McKinney Falls State Park, was added this week to the “Famous Trees of Texas” registry, established by the Texas Forest Service.

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Environment
6:44 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

State Parks Still Deep in Drought

One seventh of Texas' 91 state parks have closed boat ramps and fishing piers.
Photo by Daniel Reese/KUT News

Despite recent rains, Texas state parks continue to feel the effects of the ongoing drought. That’s according to Texas Parks and Wildlife’s executive director Carter Smith, who spoke today at the House Natural Resources Committee Meeting at the State Capitol. 

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Environment
11:30 am
Wed October 12, 2011

The Fate of Longhorn Cattle in Texas

Longhorn cattle in Texas.
Photo by KUT News.

Texas longhorn cattle descended from cattle brought in by Spanish explorers. Today some make their home at state parks and historic sites. But budget cuts and the drought could send state-owned longhorns off to market.

Talks are under way on the fate of nearly 400 longhorns living on state lands, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department officials say. The herds may be removed or reduced this fall, a prospect that upsets longhorn enthusiasts.

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