About Air and Water

Monday, October 15, 2007

Save Texas Parks

By Environmental Texas -
What's New
On November 6, Texans will vote on Proposition 4, a billion dollar bond that includes funding for badly needed repairs at Texas state parks. Environment Texas is working to pass Proposition 4 and make sure our parks get the funding they need to survive and thrive. Read information on Prop 4 here.

How You Can Help
First, make sure to vote for Proposition 4 during early voting or on November 6. If you're not registered to vote, you can download a form here. In order to vote in this upcoming election, you need to be registered by Oct. 9. If you need help finding your polling place, go here.

You can also take action here to help with another preservation priority: stopping the state from selling the Christmas Mountains to private interests.

Brief Summary
From the wetlands and beaches of the gulf coast, to swimming holes filled with children, to the breathtaking beauty of Big Bend Ranch, our state parks are a vital part of what makes us Texan. Hiking, camping, fishing, or just relaxing in these diverse and unique parks has been a Lone Star tradition for generations.
But for decades, our elected officials have starved our state parks of necessary funding.
Years of budget cuts left many parks in disrepair, lay-offs reduced access at some parks, and protection of ecologically sensitive land threatened with development has been at a stand-still.

That neglect is starting to change. This spring we convinced the Legislature to triple funding for our state parks. However, $52 million of the funding will only go forward if a bond is approved by voters this November. That’s why we need your help to pass Proposition 4 and make sure our parks get the funding they need to survive and thrive.

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