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News Release | Environment Texas

Texas Voters Approve More Than Half-Billion Dollars for Parks, Recreation and Green Space

AUSTIN – In an unprecedented election where parks became a major issue at the top of the ballot for the Governor’s race, at the bottom of the ballot, a number of quieter ballot propositions racked up major gains for Texas parks, recreation and green space. In bond elections in Austin, Houston, Dallas, Irving, Williamson County, Rosenberg, Bee Caves and West University Place, voters approved more than $623 million in bonds to acquire new park land and natural areas and to improve recreation facilities.

News Release | Environment Texas

Key National Forest Protections Reinstated

Judge Elizabeth Laporte of the Northern District of California today overturned the Bush administration’s repeal of protections for nearly 60 million acres of pristine national forest lands.  This includes roughly 4,000 acres in the Sam Houston National Forest north of Houston.

News Release | Environment Texas

Statement of Environment Texas Advocate Luke Metzger on Council Approval of the Bond Package

We’re very pleased by the final bond package approved by City Council today. This bond package provides the vision and resources we need to protect Austin’s quality of life and environment into the future and Austinites should be excited.

News Release | Environment Texas

New Report: Gulf of Mexico Makes Little Progress Increasing the Number of Healthy Fish Stocks, Feds Hide Failures Using Shell Games

Zero federal fish stocks managed solely by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council are known to be healthy, and this number has not changed since 2001, finds a new report released today by Environment Texas and the Marine Fish Conservation Network (Network).  Important game fish and menu items including red snapper, greater amberjack, and vermilion snapper continue to be fished at unsustainable rates despite the fact that the National Marine Fisheries Service lists them as overfished.

"It is in the best interest of the health of our oceans that science, not politics be our guiding principle for all management decisions,” said Luke Metzger, Advocate for Environment Texas.