Sunday, February 17, 2008

Reviving Texas Parks

I don't know how many of you have been to a Texas public park lately but if you have, then you probably know that as enjoyable as they are, public parks aren't always the cleanest or the most well maintained. In my opinion, the parks around Austin are the acception to this rule and I highly recommend you visit some of them like Enchanted Rock, McKinney Falls, or Pace Bend. I was glad to hear recently that the Texas legislature passed a bill last November that directs over $52 million in funds to aid in repairing outdated and poorly maintained Texas state parks. In addition, more recently, on Feb 5, the school land board voted to reject the sale of the Christmas Mountains which are next to Big Bend National Park. The hope is that this land will be added to Big Bend National Park.

Both these victories bring with them the hope that we are fighting to preserve nature for those that will follow us. I'll look forward to later this year when I can enjoy these parks and relax near a campfire, and I hope you too take the time to camp, hike, fish, bike, or boat on the beauty that mother nature gave us.

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