Conservation Almanac




Texas Profile of State Programs and Policy Framework

Highlighted Local Programs


Highlighted State Programs


State Policy Framework



To avoid double counting acres where multiple programs contributed to the acquisition of a single parcel, the acreage is only aggregated under the program that provided the majority of funding. For example, if the table below displays a dollar amount greater than $0 for a given year but shows 0 acres, the program was not the primary contributor for any parcels in that year. As a result, a prolific program may show very low acreage figures on this page. To see customized program information please visit the map viewer tab or contact the Conservation Almanac Team.

Highlighted Local Programs

Local Conservation Programs Include:

    Austin, TX

    Cedar Park, TX

    Dallas, TX

    Hays County, TX

    Irving, TX

    Plano, TX

    San Antonio, TX

    Travis County, TX

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2008 4,083.8 $37,733,895
2007 1,087.5 $56,014,333
2006 936.9 $3,869,611
2005 5,371.8 $37,197,878
2004 1,573.1 $6,174,418
2003 879.4 $8,137,271
2002 2,677.0 $5,828,300
2001 3,119.4 $3,482,950
2000 2,916.4 $16,939,881
1999 4,913.3 $37,621,687
1998 4,288.3 $37,145,168
Totals 31,846.9 $250,145,393

Highlighted State Programs

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

In May 2015, HB158 was signed into law, ensuring that the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) will receive full funding from the general sales tax attributable to sporting goods. Beginning in FY2008, 94 percent of sporting good sales tax collections each biennium were to be credited to TPWD and 6 percent to the Texas Historical Commission. Until the recent passage of HB158, allocations remained subject to appropriation by the Legislature and the department never received "full funding." It was estimated that revenues from the sporting goods sales tax for TPWD for the 2014-2015 biennium would be approximately $265 million.

Breakout of funding for each biennium to TPWD is as follows: The State Parks Account is credited with 74 percent of the proceeds to be used for larger counties within the Local Park Grant Program, the Texas Recreation and Parks account is credited with 15 percent of the proceeds to provide for grants in smaller communities through the Local Park Grant Program, and the remaining 1 percent of the proceeds goes to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Conservation and Capital Account.

TPWD also uses proceeds from the sale of hunting and fishing licenses as well as the sale of a Horned Toad license plate to fund land acquisition. TPWD also administers the Local Park Grant Programs, which encompass six separate grants. These include: Outdoor Recreation, Indoor Recreation, Urban Outdoor Recreation, Urban Indoor Recreation, Small Community and Regional Outdoor Recreation (this program is currently suspended).

2008 16,539.2 $1,918,733
2007 318.3 $0
2006 8,772.7 $0
2005 35,447.5 $7,375,295
2004 804.1 $2,530,775
2003 32,519.0 $2,268,976
2002 211.2 $288,759
2001 2,507.2 $462,279
2000 2,562.6 $996,653
1999 538.3 $260,798
1998 4,992.0 $501,057
Total105,212.2 $16,603,329

Texas Farm and Ranch Lands Conservation Program

First established by the legislature in 2005, the Texas Farm and Ranch Lands Conservation Program (TFRLCP) will be transferred from the Texas General Land Office to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) by Texas HB1925 (companion bill SB1597) effective January 1, 2016. The act furthermore appropriates $2 million in state money to fund a grant program for the 2016-2017 biennium. The goal of the TFRLCP is conservation of working lands with high values for water, fish and wildlife, and agricultural production, especially lands at risk of development. TFRLCP conserves natural resources by protecting working lands from fragmentation and development. TFRLCP maintains and enhances the ecological and agricultural productivity of these lands through Agricultural Conservation Easements. It may be possible to leverage the current $2 million appropriation with other private, state, or federal dollars. The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) conservation easement programs provide opportunities for leveraging. TPWD is currently developing guidelines to implement the grant program and anticipates announcing the first grant cycle in early 2016.

State Policy Framework

Substantial State Investment

Enable Local Financing

State Incentive for Local Land Conservation

Public-Private Partnerships

Conservation Tax Credits

Federal Partnerships

Some data was not provided on a yearly basis, but rather as an aggregate figure. In this case we have distributed total acres acquired and/or dollars spent evenly by year.