Volunteers Sought This Summer at Texas State Parks, Historic Sites

Texas state parks and historic sites are seeking retirees, vacationing educators and any others looking for something interesting to do this summer.

With more than 100 state parks and historic sites, volunteer opportunities abound throughout the state. Parks seeking volunteers include such popular Texas Hill Country in parks as Blanco and Garner, as well as Mustang Island State Park along the Gulf of Mexico and Panhandle jewel Palo Duro Canyon.

Funding Available For Coastal Habitat Restoration

For the fourth year in a row, a regional partnership between the Gulf Ecological Management Sites (GEMS) Program and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Community-Based Restoration Program is inviting preproposals for habitat restoration projects.

The Gulf of Mexico Foundation, a nonprofit organization, manages the partnership funds and seeks projects that restore marine, estuarine and riparian habitats to benefit living marine resources and to provide educational and social benefits by significantly involving the community.

Texas Game Wardens Head Home, State Parks Staff Work to Reopen Valley Parks

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Parks and Wildlife Department game wardens redeployed from the Rio Grande Valley to their home counties this morning as state parks officials began cleaning up storm debris in area parks.

Some 72 game wardens and supervisors, along with seven boat mechanics and two communications specialists deployed to South Texas in preparation for Hurricane Dolly. Game wardens brought with them 70 boats. The storm made landfall as a Category Two hurricane at South Padre Island about noon Wednesday.