The Commission:

  • Name: Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission
  • Regulatory or advisory: Regulatory
  • Number of voting members: 9
  • Term length: 6 years
  • How selected: Appointed by Governor
  • Senate confirmation required: Yes – consent of ⅔ members present required
  • Selection criteria per statute

In making appointments under this section, the governor shall attempt to include persons with expertise in diverse fields, including fields such as historic preservation, conservation, and outdoor recreation.”

  • Visit the Commission’s website 

The Agency:

  • Name: Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
  • Type: Standalone agency
  • Title of Agency Director: Executive Director
  • Selection process: Appointed by the Parks and Wildlife Commission
  • Mission statement from agency website

To manage and conserve the natural and cultural resources of Texas and to provide hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation opportunities for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.”

Other: Interest (0.3%), Other (8.1%)

Source: Texas Parks and Wildlife Department 2022 Financial Overview

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America’s Wildlife Values was an extensive 2018 nationwide survey led by Colorado State University of public attitudes towards wildlife. Findings were compared with a 2004 survey to identify trends. Researchers also surveyed personnel at state wildlife agencies. Reports are available for national, state and agency results. (Some state agencies did not participate.)

State Report

Agency Culture Memo

National Report