Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Wildlife Division:

An Inventory of Parks and Wildlife Department Wildlife Division Records at the Texas State Archives, 1949-2006, undated, bulk 1971-2003



Overview

Creator: Texas. Wildlife Division.
Title: Parks and Wildlife Department Wildlife Division records
Dates: 1949-2006, undated
Dates (Bulk): bulk 1971-2003
Abstract: The Wildlife Division of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) manages and conserves the state's wildlife resources via wildlife planning, research, monitoring population dynamics, regulating game seasons and bag limits, conserving non-game and rare species, habitat conservation and acquisition, providing technical assistance to land owners, and oversight of Wildlife Management Areas. The records particularly document the operations of several of the division's subsidiary programs: Public Hunting, Wildlife Diversity, Game Preserves, and the Landsat Map project of the Wildlife Habitat Assessment program. Records include incoming and outgoing correspondence, memorandums, annual reports, progress reports, brochures, fact sheets, agendas and other meeting materials, notes, survey contracts, purchase vouchers, draft proposals, field inspection forms, environmental impact statements, maps, and aerial photographs. Dates range from 1949 to 2006 and undated, with the bulk dating 1971-2003.
Quantity: 14.45 cubic ft.
Language: These materials are written predominately in English with scattered Spanish throughout.
Repository: Texas State Archives
Sponsor: This EAD finding aid was created in cooperation with Texas Archival Resources Online.

Agency History

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is responsible for the management and conservation of the state's wildlife and fish resources; provision of outdoor recreational opportunities to the public; acquisition, development, and operation of wildlife management areas, fish hatcheries, state parks, historic sites, and other public lands; conservation education and outreach; cultural and historical interpretation; and the regulation of fishing, hunting, and boating activities. The department is composed of eleven major divisions which carry out the functions and duties of the agency: Wildlife, State Parks, Coastal Fisheries, Inland Fisheries, Communications, Law Enforcement, Infrastructure, Administrative Resources, Legal, Information Technology, and Human Resources. An executive director, selected by the Parks and Wildlife Commission, administers the department. In 2014 the agency employed the full-time equivalent of 3,109 people.

The TPWD is governed by the Parks and Wildlife Commission, initially composed of three members, increased to six members in 1972 and to nine members in 1983, appointed by the governor with approval of the senate. Members serve six-year overlapping terms. The commission chairperson is appointed biennially by the governor. The commission meets quarterly or more often as needed. Its chief responsibility is to adopt policies and rules to carry out the programs of the Parks and Wildlife Department.

The TPWD had its beginnings in 1879 when the 16th Texas Legislature authorized the governor to appoint a fish commissioner to ensure compliance with an Act for the preservation of fish, and to build fishways and fish ladders (Chapter 91, 16th Legislature, Regular Session). In 1881, the Office of the Fish Commissioner was established (Chapter 78, 17th Legislature, Regular Session). It was created for the "propagation and preservation of fish and to build fish-ways and fish-ladders…," and existed through 1885. The commissioner was appointed to a two-year term by the governor, with the approval of the senate.

In 1895, the Office of the Fish and Oyster Commissioner was created by House Bill 55 (24th Legislature, Regular Session), with the commissioner appointed by the governor as before. The duties included the protection of fish, turtles, and terrapin of the bays and coastal waters of the state; protection of natural oyster beds and reefs; and the protection of the location of private beds. The commissioner had the authority to appoint deputy commissioners to assist in carrying out the duties of the office. In 1907, protection of wild birds and wild game was added to the responsibilities of that office, which became the Office of the Game, Fish, and Oyster Commissioner (House Bill 379, 30th Legislature, Regular Session). This commissioner appointed deputy game commissioners to assist in carrying out the duties of the office.

The single commissioner was replaced by a six-member commission in 1929, and the agency became the Game, Fish, and Oyster Commission (Senate Bill 83, 41st Legislature, Regular Session). The commissioners were appointed to six-year terms by the governor with the approval of the senate, and were to be selected from different sections of the state. The chair was appointed by the governor. Duties of the commission included administering the state's laws relating to game and fish; preventing pollution of streams; issuing hunting, trapping, and fishing licenses; collecting fees, taxes, and fines; conducting research; and proclaiming and enforcing open seasons and bag limits on game and fish. The commission also operated fish hatcheries and sanctuaries, administered game and hunting preserves, supervised oyster beds in the state, controlled and exterminated predatory animals and fish, and educated the public in the preservation of wildlife and fish and game resources of the state. It had the authority to create rules and regulations as necessary to carry out its duties. The name was changed to the Texas Game and Fish Commission in 1951, and the size of the board was increased to nine members (Senate Bill 463, 52nd Legislature, Regular Session).

The Texas State Parks Board was created in 1923 (Senate Bill 73, 38th Legislature, 1st Called Session) to investigate prospective park sites in the state and report to the legislature with recommendations, and to solicit and accept donations of land for state park purposes. The State Parks Board was initially composed of five members, appointed by the governor with the approval of the senate to six-year terms, and they were to be state officers. The number of board members increased to six in 1937 (Senate Bill 484, 45th Legislature, Regular Session). This board was to begin locating sites for the establishment of the state parks system. It directed and managed state parks created, except the historical parks which were managed by the Texas State Board of Control and/or several separate commissions. The Parks Board was charged with locating, designating, and marking historic grounds, battlegrounds, and other historic sites in the state, as well as erecting markers and monuments at such sites. The board also had the authority to create rules and regulations as necessary to carry out its duties. The primary function of the board between 1923 and 1933 was to acquire lands for parks through donations. In 1933, federal funds became available for state park development, and the board worked with the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and the National Park Service for the development of better park sites for a state parks system. The CCC provided labor during the 1930s to improve state park lands and facilities. In 1949, the state historical parks were transferred to the State Parks Board, except for the San Jacinto Battlefield, the Battleship Texas, and the Fannin Battlefield, which were still controlled by their respective commissions — the San Jacinto Battlefield Commission, the Battleship Texas Commission, and the Fannin Battlefield Commission (House Bill 120, 51st Legislature, Regular Session). Jurisdiction over the Fannin and San Jacinto Battlefields was transferred to TPWD in 1965 (House Bill 102, 59th Legislature, Regular Session). Battleship Texas was transferred to TPWD in 1983 (House Bill 586, 68th Legislature, Regular Session).

In 1963, the State Parks Board and the Game and Fish Commission were merged to form the TPWD (House Bill 21, 58th Legislature, Regular Session). In 1967, the Historic Structures and Sites Act was passed by the 60th Legislature (House Bill 58, Regular Session), charging the TPWD with stewardship of the state's cultural heritage sites. In 1983, the legislature passed the 1983 Wildlife Conservation Act (Senate Bill 94, 68th Legislature, Regular Session), which gave the agency the authority to manage fish and wildlife resources in all Texas counties. Prior to this act, county commissioner courts set game and fish laws in many counties, and other counties had veto power over department regulations. In 1985, the legislature granted the agency authority over shrimp and oysters (Senate Bill 609, 69th Legislature, Regular Session).

The Wildlife Division manages and conserves the state's wildlife resources via wildlife planning, research, monitoring population dynamics, regulating game seasons and bag limits, conserving non-game and rare species, habitat conservation and acquisition, providing technical assistance to land owners, and management of Wildlife Management Areas (WMA). The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Wildlife Division addresses public and private activities that impact the conservation of Texas wildlife and their habitat. The division conducts proactive research to determine how to address resource and species challenges, examples of which include species surveys, statistical analyses of habitats and migratory patterns, and impact reviews of pertinent legal and regulatory trends. The division administers a number of distinct programs towards this end, including the Private Lands and Public Hunting Program, the Small Game and Habitat Assessment Program, the Big Game Program, and the Wildlife Diversity Program. As of 2007, the division conducted more than 110 wildlife research studies annually with a range of public and private bodies, including Texas Wildlife Association, the Texas Audubon Society, the University of Texas and Texas A&M University systems, and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. Additionally, the division manages 50 WMAs totaling approximately 744,000 acres as of 2016. Administration is through a Wildlife Division director, four program directors located in Austin, and four regional directors situated across Texas. As of 2006, the division employed the full-time equivalent of 303 people.

From the 1930s until the creation of the TPWD in 1963, the division was organized under the Game and Fish Commission, and dealt primarily with the management and research of small game as well as the administration of several WMAs in the counties under TPWD supervision. During the 1970s, the division's responsibilities expanded to include non-game as well as threatened and endangered species in the wild, and upon the passage of the Wildlife Conservation Act of 1983, assumed that role across the entire state. In 1992, the division began a concerted effort to augment and expand its wildlife research monitoring activities, which continued through a major review and revision in 2005.

(Sources include: Enabling legislation numerous years; Texas Parks and Wildlife Code, Title 2; Guide to Texas State Agencies, various editions; Texas Parks and Wildlife website (http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/); and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Self-Evaluation Report (2007) both accessed October 28, 2016; and information found in Texas Parks and Wildlife records.)


Scope and Contents of the Records

The Wildlife Division of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) manages and conserves the state's wildlife resources via wildlife planning, research, monitoring population dynamics, regulating game seasons and bag limits, conserving non-game and rare species, habitat conservation and acquisition, providing technical assistance to land owners, and oversight of Wildlife Management Areas. The records particularly document the operations of several of the division's subsidiary programs: Public Hunting, Wildlife Diversity, Game Preserves, and the Landsat Map project of the Wildlife Habitat Assessment program. Record formats include incoming and outgoing correspondence, memorandums, annual reports, progress reports, brochures, fact sheets, agendas and other meeting materials, notes, survey contracts, purchase vouchers, draft proposals, field inspection forms, environmental impact statements, maps, and aerial photographs. Dates range from 1949 to 2006 and undated, with the bulk dating 1971-2003.

Division correspondence contains communication between TPWD staff and various external bodies, either concerning explanation of division policies and projects (as in the case of subseries General correspondence) or in planning and implementation of division policies and projects (as in the case of subseries Administrative correspondence). Reports and publications comprise published materials generated by the division for the purposes of promoting its policies and programs as well as for wildlife-related educational efforts. The subseries Annual reports consists of typed reports and associated memorandums detailing division operations during the fiscal year, organized by individual program or function. The subseries Publications consists of brochures, booklets, and other published instructional materials produced for public consumption. Game preserve program files comprise incoming and outgoing correspondence, forms, inventories, and memorandums regarding the TPWD's administration of the network of protected areas for game species. Public hunting program files comprise materials concerning the division's conduct of public hunts on TPWD-administered properties (primarily wildlife management areas and state parks), particularly the planning of and public interest in proposed public hunts, the results of those hunts, and the tracking the populations of deer and gamefowl that reside in public hunting areas.

Wildlife Diversity program files comprise materials held by the Wildlife Diversity program, a division branch that is responsible for the study and conservation of all non-game, terrestrial species in Texas. The subseries Correspondence consists of incoming and outgoing correspondence of the Wildlife Diversity staff and its predecessor program, the Endangered Resources branch, primarily concerning environmental impact statements for property development projects. The subseries Grant project files consists of project reports and supporting materials documenting wildlife survey, assessment, and restorative projects overseen or financially supported by the Wildlife Diversity Program. The subseries Survey contracts and related records consists of contracts between TPWD and other agencies or individual consultants detailing assignment of non-TPWD persons to survey projects relating to Texas wildlife communities overseen by Wildlife Diversity. Wildlife Habitat Assessment program, Landsat map project files comprise materials pertaining to generation, analysis, and compilation of Landsat satellite imagery of Texas provided by the United States Geological Survey (USGS), as part of the division's Wildlife Habitat Assessment program.

This series is part of the overall finding aid Texas Parks and Wildlife Department records. If you are reading this in paper in the Archives search room, the finding aid, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department records, is found in the first divider within the same binder.

To prepare this inventory, the described materials were cursorily reviewed to delineate series, to confirm the accuracy of contents lists, to provide an estimate of dates covered, and to determine record types.


Organization of the Records

These records were probably maintained by the agency in this order, with a few minor alternations made for the sake of coherence. The records are organized into six series and seven subseries:
Division correspondence, 1998-2006, 2.5 cubic ft.
  • General correspondence, 1998-2006, 0.5 cubic ft.
  • Administrative correspondence, 1999-2004, 2 cubic ft.
Reports and publications, 1949-1958, 1962-1995, undated, 0.7 cubic ft.
  • Annual reports, 1965-1978, 0.35 cubic ft.
  • Publications, 1949-1958, 1962-1995, undated, 0.35 cubic ft.
Game Preserve program files, 1954-1980, undated, 0.05 cubic ft.
Public hunting program files, 1973-2003, 2 cubic ft.
Wildlife Diversity program files, 1994-2005, undated, 2.25 cubic ft.
  • Correspondence, 1997-1998, 2001-2004, 0.25 cubic ft.
  • Grant project files, 1995-2005, undated, 1 cubic ft.
  • Survey contracts and related records, 1994-1998, 1 cubic ft.
Wildlife Habitat Assessment program Landsat map project files, 1960-1992, undated, bulk 1974-1978, 7 cubic ft.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Materials do not circulate, but may be used in the State Archives search room. Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.

Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under Public Information Act exceptions including, but not limited to: social security numbers (Texas Government Code, Section 552.147); and home addresses, phone numbers, social security numbers, and personal family information of government employees and officials (Texas Government Code, Section 552.117), an archivist must review these records before they can be accessed for research. The records may be requested for research under the provisions of the Public Information Act (Texas Government Code, Chapter 552).

The researcher may request an interview with an archivist or submit a request by mail (Texas State Library and Archives Commission, P.O. Box 12927, Austin, TX 78711), fax (512-463-5436), e-mail (director.librarian@tsl.texas.gov), or see our web page (https://www.tsl.texas.gov/agency/customer/pia.html). Include enough description and detail about the information requested to enable the archivist to accurately identify and locate the information. If our review reveals information that may be excepted by the Public Information Act, we are obligated to seek an open records decision from the Attorney General on whether the records can be released. The Public Information Act allows the Archives ten working days after receiving a request to make this determination. The Attorney General has 45 working days to render a decision. Alternately, the Archives can inform you of the nature of the potentially excepted information and if you agree, that information can be redacted or removed and you can access the remainder of the records.

These access restrictions only apply to the Grant project reports and Survey contracts and related records subseries of the Wildlife Diversity program files series.

Restrictions on Use

Most records created by Texas state agencies are not copyrighted. State records also include materials received by, not created by, state agencies. Copyright remains with the creator. The researcher is responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).

Technical Requirements

Researchers are required to use gloves provided by the State Archives when reviewing photographic material.


Index Terms

The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Corporate Names:
Texas. Game and Fish Commission.
Geological Survey (U.S.).
Subjects (Organizations):
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Subjects:
Habitat conservation--Texas.
Wildlife conservation--Texas.
Hunting--Government policy--Texas.
Endangered species--Government policy--Texas.
Wildlife management--Texas.
Species diversity--Government policy--Texas
Landsat satellites.
Document Types:
Correspondence--Texas.
Annual reports--Texas.
Progress reports--Texas.
Reports--Texas.
Maps (documents)--Texas.
Aerial photographs--Texas.
Memorandums--Texas.
Logs (records)--Texas.
Agendas (administrative records)--Texas.
Brochures--Texas.
Environmental impact statements--Texas.
Satellite imagery--Texas.
Geospatial data--Texas.
Functions:
Management of wildlife resources.

Related Material

The following materials are offered as possible sources of further information on the agencies and subjects covered by the records. The listing is not exhaustive.

Texas State Archives
Texas Game and Fish Commission records, 1896, 1899-1969, 1976, bulk 1928-1963, 21.5 cubic ft.
Texas State Parks Board records, 1901-1902, 1905, 1908, 1917, 1925-1963, bulk 1933-1949, 28.35 cubic ft.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department administrative records and other material, 1909, 1929, 1934-2004, bulk 1963-1999, 10.75 cubic ft.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Executive Office records, 1972-2013, 27.45 cubic ft., 2 reels of microfilm
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Resource Protection Division records, 1962, about 1970-2007, bulk 1988-2006, 56.85 cubic ft.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Parks Division records, 1905-2001, undated, bulk 1927-1996, 70.13 cubic ft.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Coastal Fisheries Division records, 1951-1999, 2004-2009, bulk 1980-1999, 2004-2009, 3.1 cubic ft. and 3 reels of microfilm.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Inland Fisheries Division records, 1937-2001, bulk 1953-1986, 7.6 cubic ft.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Library holdings of project reports, 1938-2007, 33.6 cubic ft.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Parks and Wildlife Commission meeting files, 1963-2004, 22 cubic ft. and 32 reels of microfilm
Texas. Legislature. Senate Natural Resources Committee records

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item and cite the series), Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Wildlife Division records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession numbers: 2000/150, 2003/086, 2004/090, 2005/087, 2008/160, 2008/173, 2009/165, 2010/088, 2011/349

These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department on May 10, 2000; December 10, 2002; February 17, 2004; January 12, 2005; April 10 and July 16, 2008; August 17, 2009; March 16, 2010; and March 23, 2011.

Processing Information

Processed by Jonathan King, October 2016


Detailed Description of the Records

Division correspondence, 1998-2006,
2.5 cubic ft.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Wildlife Division manages and conserves the state's wildlife resources via wildlife planning, research, monitoring population dynamics, regulating game seasons and bag limits, conserving non-game and rare species, habitat conservation and acquisition, providing technical assistance to land owners, and oversight of Wildlife Management Areas. Records consist of incoming and outgoing correspondence and memorandums held by the Wildlife Division for reference purposes. Correspondents include division staff as well as staff of the TPWD at large, state legislators, government entities at multiple levels, non-governmental organizations, and members of the general public. Dates range from 1998 to 2006. Topics covered include hunting on public lands, wildlife-related implications of proposed and pending legislation, public suggestions for wildlife policy, and collaboration projects with various public and private organizations. The subseries General correspondence primarily documents explanation of division policies and projects, while the subseries Administrative correspondence documents active planning and implementation of said policies. Though most of the correspondence directly involves division staff, a portion, especially in Administrative correspondence, involves other divisions or the TPWD at large, copies of which were sent to the Wildlife Division because the content concerned division policies or programs in some fashion.
Organization
The records are organized into two subseries:
General correspondence, 1998-2006, 0.5 cubic ft.
Administrative correspondence, 1999-2004, 2 cubic ft.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item and subseries), Division correspondence, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Wildlife Division records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession numbers: 2005/087, 2008/173, 2009/165, 2010/088
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department on January 12, 2005; July 16, 2008; August 17, 2009; and March 16, 2010.
Restrictions on Access
None.
General correspondence1998-2006,,
0.5 cubic ft.
Records consist of incoming and outgoing correspondence created by the Wildlife Division of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department involving division staff and a range of external persons. Dates range from 1998 to 2006. The materials document division staff communicating on a range of topics related to division operations, primarily the study, control, and support of wildlife populations and natural habitats in the state. In addition to unaffiliated members of the general public, correspondents include Texas mayors and county officials, the American Bird Conservancy, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (and its predecessor the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission). Each piece of correspondence generated by division staff is usually attached to the piece with which it communicates, though in some instances that piece is not included. This subseries consists of correspondence that delineates existing policies without actively shaping them; for correspondence that pertains to policy planning and implementation, see the subseries Administrative correspondence in this series.
Arrangement
The records are arranged alphabetically. Most of the materials are arranged by topic of correspondence, though there is also a large portion that is arranged chronologically and is incorporated into the larger group under the title "Incoming correspondence with response."
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), General correspondence, Division correspondence, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Wildlife Division records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Box
2010/088-2 Black-capped Vireo recovery team, January - February 2003
Bobcat tagging reports, March 2003
Cats Indoors! (American Bird Conservancy campaign), September 2001
Cave Invertebrates in Bexar County, March 2002
Conservation license plate program, August 2003
Conservation policy, February 2002
Endangered and threatened species conservation, past-due reports, March 2002
Federal funding legislation for U.S.-Mexico border wildlife conservation, December 2002 - February 2003
Incoming correspondence with response:
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
2004
2005
2006
Mexican Gray Wolf stakeholder subgroup, July - August 2003
Ocelot conservation, December 2002 - January 2003
Prairie Dog population control, Lubbock, September - December 2002
River Otter, U.S. Department of the Interior export approval of, March 2003
Texas cruelty to animal statutes, March - April 2003
Zapata Bladderpod recovery plan, January - February 2003
Administrative correspondence1999-2004,,
2 cubic ft.
Administrative correspondence of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's Wildlife Division consists of memorandums, incoming correspondence, and outgoing correspondence concerning the creation, development, and implementation of division project and policies, including administration of Wildlife Management Areas, public hunting, hunting season management, and wildlife research. Dates range from 1999 to 2004. TPWD correspondents include Division Directors Gary L. Graham and Michael E. Berger, TPWD Executive Directors Robert L. Cook and Andrew Sansom, TPWD Deputy Executive Director Scott Boruff, and members of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission. External correspondents include the general public, state and federal legislators, and staff from government agencies like the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and non-governmental organizations like the Wildlife Management Institute. Each piece of correspondence generated by division staff is usually attached to the piece with which it communicates, though in some instances that piece is not included. While most of the correspondence directly involves division staff, a sizable portion involves other divisions or the TPWD at large, and copies were sent to the Wildlife Division either for reference, because the opinions of the correspondent concern the division, or because division staff would be best situated to respond. This subseries consists of correspondence that pertains to the planning and active implementation of division policy; for correspondence that more broadly pertains to the policy outside of direct formulation, see the subseries General correspondence in this series.
Arrangement
Records are arranged alphabetically by last name of staff member or the office participating in the correspondence. In the case of the staff of the TPWD executive office, correspondence may be found either in the aggregate office folders or the folders assigned to individual staff members.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Administrative correspondence, Division correspondence, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Wildlife Division records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Box
2009/165-19 Michael E. Berger:
[Berger was a director of the Wildlife Division.]
2003
2004
Scott Boruff:
[Boruff was deputy executive director of Operations at TPWD.]
2003
2004
Robert L. Cook:
[Cook was executive director of TPWD.]
2003
2004
[2 folders]
Box
2009/165-18 Executive office (TPWD):
January - March 1999
July - September 1999
October - December 1999
January - March 2000
April - June 2000
July - September 2000
October - December 2000
January - March 2001
April - June 2001
July - September 2001
October - December 2001
January - March 2002
July - September 2002
October - December 2002
Box
2009/165-19 2003
2004
Gary L. Graham: 2002
[Graham was a director of the Wildlife Division.]
Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission, 2002



Reports and publications, 1949-1958, 1962-1995, undated,
0.7 cubic ft.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Wildlife Division manages and conserves the state's wildlife resources via wildlife planning, research, monitoring population dynamics, regulating game seasons and bag limits, conserving non-game and rare species, habitat conservation and acquisition, providing technical assistance to land owners, and management of Wildlife Management Areas. Records consist of published materials generated by the division for the purposes of promoting its policies and programs as well as wildlife-related educational efforts. Dates range from 1949 to 1958, 1962 to 1995, and undated. Specific topics addressed include division achievements in wildlife and habitat conservation, effects of external variables on ecological communities, and profiles of individual plant or animal species populations in Texas. The subseries Annual reports consists of typed reports and associated memorandums detailing division operations during the fiscal year, organized by individual program or function. The subseries Publications consists of brochures, booklets, and other published educational materials produced for public consumption.
Organization
The records are organized into two subseries:
Annual reports, 1965-1978, 0.35 cubic ft.
Publications, 1949-1958, 1962-1995, undated, 0.35 cubic ft.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item and subseries), Reports and publications, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Wildlife Division records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 2000/150
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department on May 10, 2000.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Annual reports1965-1978, ,
0.35 cubic ft.
Annual reports of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Wildlife Division consist of reports and associated memorandums detailing division operations during the fiscal year. Dates range from 1965 to 1978. The reports are generally organized by individual program or function; the segments are either incorporated into a single document or are included in the folders separately. Projects documented include game management surveys, habitat development, population maintenance and restoration, and public hunting initiatives. Report content is focused on relating objective statistical measurements towards the projected goals of the project or program, such as number of animals trapped, size changes in breeding populations, number of participants in public hunts, and land acquisition for wildlife management areas. Several folders include multiple, slightly different versions of the same report.
Arrangement
The reports are arranged chronologically by fiscal year.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Annual reports, Reports and publications, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Wildlife Division records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Box
2000/150-40 Annual report, 1965-1966
Annual report, 1966-1967
Annual report, 1967-1968
Annual report, 1968-1969
Annual report, 1969-1970
Annual report, 1970-1971
Annual report, 1971-1972
Annual report, 1972-1973
Annual report, 1973-1974
Annual report, 1974-1975
Annual report, 1975-1976
Annual report, 1976-1977
Annual report, 1977-1978
Publications1949-1958, 1962-1995, undated,,
0.35 cubic ft.
Publications of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Wildlife Division consist of brochures, booklets, and other published educational materials produced by the Wildlife Division staff for public consumption. Dates range from 1949 to 1958, 1962 to 1995, and undated. Some of the materials are intended for a general audiences of Texas hunters, landowners, or general wildlife enthusiasts, and concern aspects of game and fish management. Another portion of the materials are specialized articles written by division staff and originally published in scholarly journals or the proceedings of professional meetings, and concern more technical aspects of zoology, botany, ecology, and agricultural science. The materials encompass a wide range of publication conditions, from bound and printed in full color to typewritten and stapled.
Arrangement
The reports are arranged alphabetically by publication title.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Publications, Reports and publications, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Wildlife Division records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Box
2000/150-40 Artificial Nesting Structures for Ducks, undated
Assay of Texas Game...and the dollar worth of deer, 1960
Back Home on the Range, 1982
Big Charlie was no Ordinary Deer, 1980
Bobwhite Facts and Fantasies, 1979
Bobwhite Quail in Texas, 1979
Calling up a Gobbler, undated
A Capillary-Tube Agglutination Test for the Detection of Theileria Infections in White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus Virginianus), 1967
A Comparison of Parasitic Infestations of White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus Virginianus) from Central and East Texas, 1969
The Contribution of Fruit Crops to Range Carrying Capacity, 1962
Coyote Hunting: The Forks of the Creek, undated
Count Three for Trouble, 1958
Deer Bonanza: Restoration Procedures Applicable to Deer and Turkey in Texas, 1952
Deer Census Techniques, undated
Deer Management in the South Texas Plains, 1990
The Desert Bighorn Sheep in Texas, 1991
The Detection of Specific Complement-Fixing Antibodies in Serum of White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus Virginianus) with Theileria Infection 1967
Effects of Brush Control on Quail Populations, 1979
Effects of Brush Control Programs on Wildlife (Principally White-tailed Deer and Turkey) including Food Supply, 1955
Effects of Polychlorinated Biphenyl (PCB) on Survival of Male Compared with Female Bobwhite Quail, undated
An Evaluation of the Waterfowl Point System, 1972
Exotic Animals Competing with the Natives, 1981
Fawning Dates of Known-age White-tailed Deer and their Management Implications, undated
The Feral Hog in Texas, 1991
Fruit Production of Some Understory Hardwoods, 1961
The Golden-Checked Warbler in Texas, 1982
Hardwood Control and Wildlife in East Texas, 1957
How to Build a Turkey Feeder, undated
The Importance of Variety to Southern Deer, 1964
Lands for Texas Wildlife: A Plan of Action, 1967
Learn About Javelina, 1974
Learn About Turkey, 1984
The Lesser Prairie Chicken and its Management in Texas, 1978
Mammals and Birds of Texas, 1964
Managing Habitat for White-tailed Deer in the Hill Country Area of Texas, 1991
Mearns Quail, 1983
A Method of Censuring Deer and its Application in the Edwards Plateau of Texas, 1949
Method of Establishing on Index to Turkey Numbers in Medina County, Texas, undated
Now That You've Killed it..., 1963
Nutrition and Heredity are the Keys to Big Bucks, 1981
Pathology: A Tool for Texas Wildlife, undated
A Pattern to Population Oscillations of the Bobwhite Quail in the Lower Plains Grazing Ranges of Northwest Texas, 1962
Quail for Stocking: Seed Crop Birds Produced on State Game Farm near Tyler, undated
The Red-Cockaded Woodpecker, 1975
Some Nutrition Problems of Deer in the Southern Pine Type, 1956
Status of the Feral Hog in Texas, 1979
Supplemental Feeding, 1979
Survival of Hatchery Raised Bobwhite Quail, 1970
A Tale of Teeth, 1966
A Tale of Two Deer Herds, 1986
Texas Pronghorns, 1991
A Track-Count Method for Censusing White-tailed Deer, 1971
The Truth About Quail, 1969
Vegetation of the Kerr Wildlife Management Area and its Preference by White-tailed Deer, 1991
The Vegetation Types of Texas Including Cropland, 1984
The Way to Weigh, 1995
Wildlife Habitats in Texas: Their Status, Problems, and Needs, 1980
Wildlife of the Texas Coastal Zone, 1978
Working for Wildlife: Improving Habitat with the Help of an Extension Biologist, 1977



Game Preserve program files,1954-1980, undated,
0.05 cubic ft.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Wildlife Division's Game Preserve program was established by the state legislature in 1925 (Senate Bill 349, 39th Legislature, Regular Session) as a system of protected areas off limits to hunting, where target species like deer, quail, and squirrels could reproduce and spread out into neighboring areas. Dates range from 1954 to 1980, and undated. The program was administered by the Office of the Fish and Oyster Commissioner and its successor agencies until 1979, when the sustained failure of the preserves to increase population sizes led to the program's repeal (Senate Bill 577, 66th Legislature, Regular Session). Records are composed of incoming and outgoing correspondence, forms, inventories, and memorandums regarding the TPWD's administration of this program. This series is primarily composed of incoming correspondence from the public requesting information about the preserves, along with the division's response and associated documents. Also prominent are several inventories documenting the locations of the preserves as well as acreages and dates of establishment and decommission.
Arrangement
These records are in the original order as maintained by the agency.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Game Preserve program files, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Wildlife Division records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 2000/150
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department on May 10, 2000.
Restrictions on Access
None.
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2000/150-40 Game Preserves, 1954-1980
Game Preserves - Special subjects, 1966-1979, undated
Original Game Preserve Forms/Game Preserve contracts, 1974, undated



Public hunting program files, 1973-2003,
2 cubic ft.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Wildlife Division manages and conserves the state's wildlife resources via wildlife planning, research, monitoring population dynamics, regulating game seasons and bag limits, conserving non-game and rare species, habitat conservation and acquisition, providing technical assistance to land owners, and oversight of Wildlife Management Areas. Records consist of incoming and outgoing correspondence, memorandums, recommendation forms, census lists, reports, brochures, and requests for comment concerning the division's conduct of public hunts on TPWD-administered properties, primarily wildlife management areas and state parks. Dates range from 1973 to 2003. A large portion of the records document the planning of and public interest in proposed public hunts, the results of those hunts, and the tracking the populations of deer and gamefowl that resided in public hunting areas. There is also significant material on the TPWD response to Senate Bill 179 of the 73rd Texas Legislature, Regular Session (signed into law in May 1993), which required the agency to prescribe an open season for recreational hunting in selected state parks when appropriate to physical conditions.
Arrangement
These records are arranged alphabetically by file name.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Public hunting program files, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Wildlife Division records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession numbers: 2003/086, 2009/165
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department on December 10, 2002 and August 17, 2009.
Restrictions on Access
None.
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2003/086-33 Deer hunting and census results, 1986-1987
Deer hunting and census results, 1988-1992
Honey Creek ranch conservation hunt, 1982-1983
Public hunting in State Parks:
Agenda item, July 1993
Agenda item briefing, 1993
Authority for hunting in state parks, 1992
Background information on public hunt, 1993-1994
Comments on public hunt, 1992
Fact sheets, undated
Governor Ann Richard's letter, February 1994
Hunting in Texas State Parks brochure, 1995
Huntsville State Park, 1993
Matagorda Island, 1983-1987
Modifications to hunt for 1992-1993 season, 1992-1993
Newspaper articles, 1993-1994
Opportunities booklet, 1992-1993
Park Advisory Board, 1975-1993
Park Advisory Board, 1992-1993
Park closings list, 1996
Park hunt, 1995
Park hunt, 1996
Park hunt history manuscript, 1993
Position paper on public hunts, May 1993
Pre-hearing briefing for regional directors and staff, 1993
Process-flow chart, 1993-1994
Public hearing, 1993
Public hunting, 1994-1995
Public hunting procedure and materials, 1993-1994
Public hunt proposal for Dinosaur Valley State Park, 1992
Recommendations for 1993-1994 season, 1986-1993
Recommendations for 1995-1996 season, 1994
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2009/165-22 Recommendations for 1999-2000 season, 1998-1999
[2 folders]
Recommendations for 2000-2001 season, 2001
Recommendations for 2002-2003 season, 2001-2002
Recommendations for 2003-2004, 2002-2003
Regional response - Region 1, 1993
Regional response - Region 2, 1993
Regional response - Region 3, 1993
Regional response - Region 4, 1993
Regional response - Region 5, 1993
Regional response - Region 6, 1993
Regional response - Region 7, 1993
Regional response - Region 8, 1993
Regional response - Region 9, 1993
Regional response - Region 10, 1993
Results of hunts, 1993-1994
SB 179, 1993
SB 179 letter to Senator Gonzalo Barrientos, 1993
Sound biological management, 1994
Waterfowl public hunt, Sea Rim State Park, 1973-1982
Legislative committee briefings, 2001-2003
Planning correspondence, 1984-1985
Proclamations, public hunting on Wildlife Management Areas, 1983-1992
Proposal to register duck blinds on Caddo Lake Wildlife Management Area, 1998
Public hunting for 1990-1991 season, 1989-1990
Public hunting planning:
1985-1986
1987-1988
1989
1990
1991
1995
1996-2000
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2009/165-22 Public hunting summaries for 1988-1989 season, 1988-1989
Spotlight surveys and public hunting revenue, 1977-1985
Type I public hunts, 1988-1991
Type II Wildlife Management Areas - public hunting lands, 1988-1995
Written landowner consent, 1995



Wildlife Diversity program files, 1994-2005, undated,
2.25 cubic ft.

The Wildlife Diversity program, a division branch responsible for the study and conservation of all non-game, terrestrial species in Texas, was created in 1998 with the combination of the Endangered Resources branch (transferred from the Resource Protection division) and the Nongame and Urban Wildlife program. Records consist of incoming and outgoing correspondence, memorandums, reports, contracts, application forms, and maps, dating 1994-2005, and undated. Program projects include conservation initiatives targeting urban wildlife and rare species; wildlife habitat assessment; permitting for the trapping, sale, and ownership of sensitive animal populations; and the dissemination of information on threatened or endangered species via development of the Texas Conservation Action Plan and the Texas Natural Diversity Database.
The subseries Correspondence consists of incoming and outgoing correspondence of Wildlife Diversity staff and its predecessor, the Endangered Resources branch, primarily concerning environmental impact statements for property development projects. The subseries Grant project files consists of project reports and supporting materials documenting wildlife survey, assessment, and restorative projects overseen or financially supported by the Wildlife Diversity. The subseries Survey contracts and related records consists of contracts between TPWD and other agencies or individual consultants detailing assignment of non-TPWD actors to survey projects relating to Texas wildlife communities overseen by Wildlife Diversity.
Organization
The records are organized into three subseries:
Correspondence, 1997-1998, 2001-2004, 0.25 cubic ft.
Grant project files, 1995-2005, undated, 1 cubic ft.
Survey contracts and related records, 1994-1998, 1 cubic ft.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item and subseries), Wildlife Diversity program files, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Wildlife Division records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession numbers: 2003/086, 2004/090, 2008/173, 2010/088, 2011/349
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department on December 10, 2002; February 17, 2004; July 16, 2008; March 16, 2010; and March 23, 2011.
Restrictions on Access
Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under Public Information Act exceptions including, but not limited to: social security numbers (Texas Government Code, Section 552.147); and home addresses, phone numbers, social security numbers, and personal family information of government employees and officials (Texas Government Code, Section 552.117), an archivist must review these records before they can be accessed for research. The records may be requested for research under the provisions of the Public Information Act (Texas Government Code, Chapter 552). Refer to the overall restriction statement for instructions on requesting access through the Texas Attorney General.
These access restrictions apply to the Grant project reports and Survey contracts and related records subseries.
Correspondence1997-1998, 2001-2004, ,
0.25 cubic ft.
Correspondence of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Wildlife Division consists of incoming and outgoing correspondence of Wildlife Diversity staff and its predecessor, the Endangered Resources branch. Dates range from 1997 to 1998, and 2001 to 2004. A majority of the materials concern environmental impact statements undertaken by Wildlife Diversity or Endangered Resources on construction and property development projects in Texas. Correspondents include members of the general public, mayors and other local notables, private developers, and employees of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Arrangement
The records are arranged alphabetically by last name of staff member that is corresponding.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Correspondence, Wildlife Diversity program files, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Wildlife Division records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Accession Information
Accession numbers: 2004/090, 2011/349
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department on February 17, 2004; and July 16, 2008.
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2011/349-1 Michael E. Berger, 2004
Shannon Breslin, 1997-1998
Meredith Byrd, 2002
Robert L. Cook, 2003-2004
Gary Graham, 2001-2002
John Herron, 2002
Dana Price, 2002
Dorinda Scott, 1997-1998
John H. Young, 2002
Grant project files1995-2005, undated, ,
1 cubic ft.
Records consist of project reports, maps, progress reports, incoming and outgoing correspondence, contracts, and memoranda of agreement documenting wildlife survey, assessment, and restorative projects overseen or financially supported by Wildlife Diversity. Dates range from 1995 to 2005. Materials document the generation, conduct, and results of projects undertaken by TPWD staff, academic scientists from the University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University, Texas zoos, Audubon Texas, and the Texas Land Trust Council, among others. Majority of the files are comprised of final reports summarizing the contracted product of the grant project, usually research, analysis, or results of intervention into a local species community or habitat.
Arrangement
The files are arranged alphabetically by name of grant project. The name of the contracting agency or individual is also included in each folder title.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Grant project files, Wildlife Diversity program files, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Wildlife Division records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Restrictions on Access
Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under Public Information Act exceptions including, but not limited to: social security numbers (Texas Government Code, Section 552.147); and home addresses, phone numbers, social security numbers, and personal family information of government employees and officials (Texas Government Code, Section 552.117), an archivist must review these records before they can be accessed for research. The records may be requested for research under the provisions of the Public Information Act (Texas Government Code, Chapter 552). Refer to the overall restriction statement for instructions on requesting access through the Texas Attorney General.
Accession Information
Accession numbers: 2008/173, 2011/349
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department on July 16, 2008 and March 23, 2011.
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2008/173-2 Alligator Snapping Turtle Conservation in Texas (U.S. Department of Agriculture), 2000
Altamira Oriore and North Beardless Tyrannulet in the Lower Rio Grande Valley (Texas A&M University), 2005
Annual Monitoring of Tobusch Fishhook Cactus and Cactus Weevil (Dr. William Calvert), 2000
Assessment of flow conditions in Texas springs (Texas Parks and Wildlife Department), 2004
Attwater's Prairie Chicken Recovery III (National Fish and Wildlife Foundation), 1998-1999
Barton Springs and Austin Blind Salamanders (Hill Country Conservancy), 2005
Black-capped Vireo Breeding Sites in Texas (Texas A&M University), 2004
Black-capped Vireo Project (Southwest Texas State University), 2000
Breeding Shorebird Distribution and Habitat in the Playa Lakes Region (Texas Tech University), 1997
Census and Monitoring of Black-capped Vireo in Texas (Fossil Rim Wildlife Center), 2001
Census and Monitoring of Black-capped Vireo in Texas (Environmental Defense, Inc.), 2002
Black-capped Vireo Safe Harbor in Central Texas (Environmental Defense, Inc.), 2004
Breeding Habitat, Distribution, and Population Status of the Black-capped Vireo in Northern Mexico (Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon), 2001-2004
Butterfly Conservation and Education (North America Butterfly Association), 2004
Canoe to Connect, Conserve, and Concentrate on Rio Grande Wildlife (Friends of the Wildlife Corridor), 2002-2004
Cave Crickets as Indicator Species in Central Texas (University of Illinois at Chicago), 2001
Census and Assessment of Production of the Snowy Plover along the Texas Central Coast (Coastal Bend Bays and Estuaries Program, Inc.), 2002
Census and Monitoring of Black-capped Vireo in Texas (Environmental Defense, Inc.), 2002-2004
[2 folders]
Coastal Prairie Conservation Initiative (The Nature Conservancy of Texas), 2004
Colonias Wildlife Education Initiative (The Rensselaerville Institute), 2004
Conservation Academy (Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park), 2003-2004
Conservation Action Grant Proposals, 2003
Conservation of Bats (Bat Conservation International), 2000
Continuation of Black-capped Vireo Study and Management at Camp Berkeley (Texas Adjutant General's Department), 1997
Dallas/Fort Worth Urban Program (Texas A&M University), 2001-2002
Dallas/Fort Worth Urban Program (University of Texas at Arlington), 1999
Determination of the Status of the Louisiana Pine Snake (U.S. Department of Agriculture), 2000-2004
Development of Digital Geologic Data for Spatial Analyses of Houston Toad and Navasota Ladies'-tresses Habitat (U.S. Geological Survey), 2000-2001
Diminished Spring Flow in the San Salomon Spring system, Trans-Pecos, Texas (Texas Water Development Board), 2003
Ecological Monitoring at Camp Swift (Texas Army National Guard), 1998
Ecological Monitoring Plots at Fort Wolters (Texas Adjutant General's Department), 2000
Educational Exhibits and Support Components at Aquarena Center, San Marcos, Texas (Southwest Texas State University), 1999
Effect of Exotic Plants on Neotropical Migrant Bird Species (Texas Parks and Wildlife Department), 2003-2004
Effects of Coyotes on Distribution, Productivity, and Survival of Swift Foxes in Texas (Texas Tech University), 2000-2002
Effects of 3 Range Management Practices on the Population Ecology of Tobusch Fishhook Cactus on the Walter Buck Wildlife Management Area (Southwest Texas State University), 1995-1997
Endangered/Threatened Species near Proposed Rest Area Projects (Texas Department of Transportation), 2000
Ferruginous Pygmy-owls (Texas A&M University), 2002-2003
Field Guide to the Rare Plants of Texas, 2004
Fish at Independence Creek (Southwest Texas State University), 2002
Foraging Ecology and Activity Patterns of Mountain Lions in Southern Texas (Sul Ross State University), 2000
The Great Texas Birding Classic (Texas Parks and Wildlife Department), 2002
Griffith League Ranch Habitat Conservation Plan (Boy Scouts of America), 2002
Habitat Characterization and Population Biology of the Black-capped Vireo at Dolan Falls Ranch Reserve (Nature Conservancy of Texas), 1997-1999
Habitat Use, Threats, and Geographic Distribution of the Black-capped Vireo in the Winter Range (Texas A&M University), 2003
Historical and Local Processes Determining the Current Status of the Alligator Snapping Turtle in Texas (Texas Agricultural Experiment Station), 2000-2001
Historical and Local Processes Determining the Current Status of the Alligator Snapping Turtle in Texas (U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service), 2000-2001
Horned Lizard Reintroduction (Horned Lizard Conservation Society), 2004-2005
Houston Toad Habitat Conservation Plan in Bastrop County, Texas (Bastrop County), 2002
Houston Toad Survey at Camp Swift (R. Michael Burger), 2000
Houston Toad Survey at Camp Swift (Veronica de la Riva), 2000
Houston Toad Survey at Camp Swift (Carlos Infante), 2000
Houston Toad Survey at Camp Swift (Travis LaDuc), 2000
Houston Toad Survey at Camp Swift (Texas Adjutant General's Office), 1999-2000
Identification and Protection of Roosts and Foraging Areas for the Mexican Long-nosed Bat: Northeast Mexico and the Trans-Pecos Region of Texas (Bat Conservation International), 2002
Johnston's Frankenia Conservation - Annual Monitoring (Southwest Texas State University), 2000
Land Condition Trend Analysis of Texas Army National Guard Training Sites (Southwest Texas State University), 1999
Land-use Practices on the Texas Indigo Snake (Texas Parks and Wildlife Department), undated
Large-fruited Sand Verbena Landowner Technical Assistance Program (Southwest Texas State University), 1999
Life History and the Effects of Disturbance on the Ashy Dogweed (Southwest Texas State University), 1999
Magic Ridge Migratory Bird and Wetlands Sanctuary (Texas Ornithological Society), 2002-2003
Making the Case for Conservation on Private Lands (Texas Land Trust Council), 2004
Minority Intern Program (University of Texas-Pan American), 2001
Monitoring Effects of a Renovation Project on Endangered Fish and Invertebrates in Diamond Y Draw (Oklahoma State University), 1999-2001
Native Freshwater Turtle and Tortoise Trade and Use in Texas and Conservation Implications (Texas A&M University), 2001
Population and Genetic Variability of Ocelots (Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute at Texas A&M University-Kingsville), 2004
Project Prairie Birds 5-year Study (Gulf Coast Bird Observatory), 2004-2005
Rio Grande Cooter in the South Texas and Edwards Plateau Regions (Fort Worth Zoo), 2003-2004
Sabal Palm Sanctuary Habitat Restoration (Audubon Texas), 2003-2004
South Texas Safe Harbor and Habitat Restoration of Ocelot (Environmental Defense, Inc.), 2002
Seed Orchard Development and Native Plant Nursery Expansion (Nature Conservancy of Texas), 2004
Shortgrass Prairie Conservation (Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory), 2004
Snowy Plover Breeding Survey (Coastal Bend Bays and Estuaries Program, 2003-2004
Status of Gambel's Quail in Trans-Pecos, Texas (Sul Ross State University), 2002
Status of Louisiana Pine Snake USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture) Forest Service, 2003
Status Survey of Dwarf Pipewort in Texas (Bog Research), 2000-2002
Texas Horned Lizard (Sul Ross State University), 2004-2005
Texas Indigo Snake in a Managed Thornscrub Ecosystem (West Texas A&M University), 2003-2004
Texas Nature Trackers Monarch Watch (Dr. William Calvert), 2000
Use of Fragmented Ashe Juniper Woodland Strips by Golden-checked Warblers on the Kerr Wildlife Management Area (Southwest Texas State University), undated
Vegetation Classification and Soil Characterization of Black-tailed Prairie Dog Habitats in the Southern Shortgrass Ecoregion of Texas (Glenn Kroh), undated
Webb County - Johnston's Frankenia Conservation and Annual Monitoring (Gena Janssen, Rare Species Botanist), 2001
Survey contracts and related records1994-1998, ,
1 cubic ft.
Survey contracts and related records primarily consist of contracts between TPWD and other agencies or individual consultants detailing assignment of non-TPWD actors to survey projects relating to Texas wildlife communities overseen by Wildlife Diversity. Dates range from 1994 to 1998. Additional record formats include memorandums, reports, incoming and outgoing correspondence, application forms, and purchase vouchers. The consultants referenced include Southwest Texas State University, Texas A&M University, and the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service, among others. The projects are primarily concerned with documenting the numbers and breeding patterns of target species of vulnerable plant and animal species. Other projects include habitat assessments in state parks and wildlife management areas.
Arrangement
These records are arranged alphabetically by name of contracting entity.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Survey contracts and related records, Wildlife Diversity program files, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Wildlife Division records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Restrictions on Access
Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under Public Information Act exceptions including, but not limited to: social security numbers (Texas Government Code, Section 552.147); and home addresses, phone numbers, social security numbers, and personal family information of government employees and officials (Texas Government Code, Section 552.117), an archivist must review these records before they can be accessed for research. The records may be requested for research under the provisions of the Public Information Act (Texas Government Code, Chapter 552). Refer to the overall restriction statement for instructions on requesting access through the Texas Attorney General.
Accession Information
Accession numbers: 2003/086, 2010/088
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department on December 10, 2002 and March 16, 2010.
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2003/086-25 City of Austin, 1997-1998
[Habitat conservation plan for public land.]
William Elliot, 1996-1998
[Lakeline habitat conservation plan.]
Fossil Rim Wildlife Center:
[Attwater's prairie chicken recovery.]
1995
1996
1996-1997
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2003/086-25 Katy Mirowsky, 1996
[East Texas bat surveys.]
McMurray University, 1996
[Texas kangaroo rat.]
Outstanding Contracts, 1994-1995
San Antonio Zoo, 1996-1997
[Attwater's prairie chicken recovery.]
Southwest Texas State University, 1995-1997
[Black-capped vireo habitat assessment.]
Southwest Texas State University, 1995-1996
[Site characteristics and management of Johnston's frankenia.]
Southwest Texas State University, 1995-1996
[Large-fruited sand verbena monitoring and management.]
Southwest Texas State University, 1995-1996
[Texas wild rice maintenance, reintroduction, and research.]
Texas A&M University, 1995-1996
[Cactus ferruginous pygmy owl management.]
Texas A&M University, 1995-1996
[Piping and snowy plovers on the Lower Rio Grande.]
Texas A&M University-Kingsville, 1995-1996
[Ocelot movements along the Rio Grande Corridor.]
Texas Audobon Society, 1996
[Snowy plover.]
Texas Nature Conservancy, 1996
[Population biology of the black-capped vireo in different stages of community succession at Dolan Falls Ranch Reserve.]
Texas Nature Conservancy, 1996
[Population monitoring of black-capped vireos at Camp Barkeley.]
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 1996
[Piping and snowy plovers.]
USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) Forest Service, 1996-1998
[Radio telemetry of the Louisiana pine snake.]
USDA Forest Service, 1995-1997
[Red-cockaded woodpecker.]
University of Houston, 1996-1997
[Analysis of rare resources.]
University of Texas at Austin, 1996
[Bracted twistflower.]
University of Texas at San Antonio, 1995-1996
[Management of the puzzle sunflower.]
University of Texas at Tyler, 1996-1998
[Woody species diversity of Old Sabine Bottom Wildlife Management Area.]
West Texas A&M University, 1996-1997
[Cagle's map turtle.]
Russell Wipff, 1996
[Swift fox survey in Texas.]
Zoological Society of Houston, 1996-1998
[Attwater's prairie chicken recovery.]



Wildlife Habitat Assessment program Landsat map project files, 1960-1992, undated, bulk 1974-1978,
7 cubic ft.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Wildlife Division manages and conserves the state's wildlife resources via wildlife planning, research, monitoring population dynamics, regulating game seasons and bag limits, conserving non-game and rare species, habitat conservation and acquisition, providing technical assistance to land owners, and management of Wildlife Management Areas. Records consist of materials pertaining to generation, analysis, and compilation of Landsat satellite imagery of Texas as part of the division's Wildlife Habitat Assessment program. Dates range from 1960 to 1992, undated, with the bulk 1974 to 1978. Division personnel assigned to this project used satellite imagery and associated data provided by the Landsat administrator of the United States Geological Survey (USGS) to create maps of Texas' principal vegetation and habitat zones. In addition to TPWD and the USGS, the series contains materials originating from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service. The records do not include any full-scale maps but rather the materials TPWD personnel used to interpret and categorize data received in process of creating usable maps, particularly how differing types of vegetation zones appear in satellite imagery.
Arrangement
Due to the highly specialized nature of the data and terminology found within, these records are in the original order as maintained by the agency. The materials are often ordered by county or TPWD regulatory district.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Wildlife Habitat Assessment program Landsat map project files, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Wildlife Division records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 2008/160
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department on April 10, 2008.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Technical Requirements
Researchers are required to use gloves provided by the State Archives when reviewing photographic material.
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2008/160-1 ERTS (Earth Resources Technology Satellite) Imagery, undated
[Satellite imagery of Texas and its regions at various scales.]
Bids, 1975-1988
Lower Rio Grande valley, 1981
Instructions to district field personnel, 1976
Physiognomic classes, 1980
Project notes, 1974-1979
TPWD screened listing of ERTS frames with map, 1975
Job 1: habitat monitoring, 1991
Image processing notes, undated
Landsat cost-effectiveness, undated
Landsat scene index, 1980, undated
Landsat 1: map accuracy, undated
Landsat 1: habitat inventory status, 1974-1977
Frame 12, ADP (Application Dependency Planner) 2011, 1992
ASCS (Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service) mosaic indexes, undated
Landsat scenes descriptions, 1988-1991
Analysis log notes - Travis County test, 1974
Notes on the development of classification and mapping procedures - Travis County test material, 1974-1975, undated
Frame 12 accuracy evaluation, 1977-1978
PATREC (Pattern Recognition) analysis log frame 12 1363-16362, 1973, undated
Legend supplements for vegetation type maps, 1973-1974, undated
Supervised ground truth procedures for PATREC, 1975-1977
PATREC analysis log frame 14 1703-16173, 1974-1977
Frame 14 accuracy evaluation, 1977
Landsat 1 tape description, 1973
Available Landsat imagery, 1985-1991
Texas A&M University - habitat monitoring project, 1987-1989
Change detection, 1985-1990, undated
Archived data, 1978-1986
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2008/160-2 South Texas - general militarization tours - notes, undated
A priori class list, undated
List of Texas counties with respect to regulatory districts (includes general law counties), undated
Class distillation and candidate county selection - Oak Prairie, undated
Class distillation and candidate county selection - Southeast, undated
Class distillation and candidate county selection - Edwards Plateau, undated
Class distillation and candidate county selection - Possum Kingdom, undated
Class distillation and candidate county selection - Northeast, undated
Class distillation and candidate county selection - South Central, undated
Class distillation and candidate county selection - Permian Basin, undated
Class distillation and candidate county selection - Trinity Brazos, undated
Class distillation and candidate county selection - Panhandle, undated
Class distillation and candidate county selection - Trans-Pecos, undated
Mexico - Frame 2 ground truth material, 1976
Ground truth - Panhandle and West Texas, undated
Wildlife mapping, 1974-1976
Aerial photography - West Texas, 1976
Wildlife habitat mapping proposal, 1974, undated
Miscellaneous federal aid projects, 1974-1976
Federal aid project W-106-R, 1975-1976
Federal aid projects W-96-R, W-95-R, and W-30-R, 1973-1976
Cartography, 1975-1982
Panhandle Regulatory District - game habitat mapping reports, 1975-1976
Possum Kingdom Regulatory District - status of all game species reports, 1975
Possum Kingdom Regulatory District - game and habitat mapping reports, 1964-1976
Permian Basin Regulatory District - mapping reports, 1968-1975
Northeast Regulatory District - game habitat mapping reports, 1962-1975
Oak Prairie Regulatory District - game habitat mapping reports, 1970-1976
Trans-Pecos Regulatory District - surplus game populations, 1975-1976
Murphree Wildlife Management Area wetland type - maps, 1962-1968
Nominal scene 28-40 (frame 8), habitat inventory statistics, 1976
Nominal scene 28-40 (frame 8), map accuracy evaluation, 1976
Legend supplement 28-40 (frame 8), 1979
Nominal scene 30-39 (frame 11), habitat inventory statistics, 1974
Nominal scene 30-39 (frame 11), map accuracy evaluation, 1974
Legend supplement 30-39 (frame 11), 1978
Nominal scene 29-39 (frame 12), habitat inventory statistics, 1973
Nominal scene 29-39 (frame 12), map accuracy evaluation, 1973
Legend supplement 29-39 (frame 12), 1978
Nominal scene 28-39 (frame 13), habitat inventory statistics, 1973
Nominal scene 28-39 (frame 13), map accuracy evaluation, 1973
Legend supplement 28-39 (frame 13), 1978
Nominal scene 27-39 (frame 14), habitat inventory statistics, 1974
Nominal scene 27-39 (frame 14), map accuracy evaluation, 1974
Legend supplement 27-39 (frame 14), 1978-1979
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2008/160-3 Pattern recognition for habitation mapping, user guide, 1972-1980
[binder]
Land imaging reports, 1974-1978
NASA technical memoranda, 1972-1974
[A series of five bound reports concerning range analysis for the ERTS-1 imaging satellite.]
USGS (United States Geological Survey) information/notes, 1977-1978, undated
U.S. Forest Service maps, forest and brushland types - Texas, 1971
Edwards Plateau regulatory district - Burnet County, 1975
[Contains several 4 x 6-inch negatives and annotated prints of satellite photograph images, presumably of areas in Burnet County.]
Edwards Plateau regulatory district - Hays County, 1975
[Contains several 4 x 6-inch annotated prints of satellite photograph images, presumably of areas in Hays County.]
Edwards Plateau regulatory district - Kerr County, 1975
[Contains several 4 x 6-inch negatives and annotated prints of satellite photograph images, presumably of areas in Kerr County.]
Edwards Plateau regulatory district - Llano County, 1975
[Contains several 4 x 6-inch negatives and annotated prints of satellite photograph images, presumably of areas in Llano County.]
Panhandle, vegetation notes for imagery, 1980-1982, undated
Trans-Pecos, vegetation notes for imagery, 1979-1981, undated
Field trip ground truth notes, 1975-1976, undated
Espey Consultants - Houston bottomland inventory, 1981
Big Bend ranch, 1976-1978, undated
Master list of all vegetation types in Texas, undated
New format Landsat data, 1978-1979
West Lake EMU (?), 1981, undated
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2008/160-4 Modified 4th file 2153, translated long records, August 1980
[Long computer printout of statistical data.]
Tape-to-tape, August 1980
[Long computer printout of statistical data.]
Fabricated 1454-76392, File 1 from another frame (1202-16420), file 4 contains duplicate errors, August 1980
[Long computer printout of statistical data.]
Nueces River basin/sub-basins, inventory for USFWS (United State Fish and Wildlife Service) - Corpus Christi, undated
[Long, bound computer printout of data on satellite imagery of Nueces Basin network. Data includes vegetation types by size of acreage.]
Trinity River basin data, compiled by TPWD from coordinates furnished by TNRIS (Texas Natural Resources Information System), July 1978
[Long, bound computer printout of data on satellite imagery of Trinity Basin network. Data includes vegetation types by size of acreage.]
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2008/160-5 Neches-Ten Mile Creek Cypress-Tupelo swamp, F15 near Beaumont-Vidor, undated
Marsh area - 5th intracoastal to High Island F15, undated
Angelina farms for USFWS (F24), undated
Matagorda Island inventory, undated
Steel shot zones, undated
F15/45 analysis notes, Southeast Texas, 1973
F15/45 accuracy evaluation, undated
Polaroid pictures F15/45, undated
[Twenty-seven sleeved Polaroid-style photographs of satellite imagery, with annotations.]
Frame 47(17) analysis notes, Waco, 1974
Frame 17(47) accuracy evaluation, undated
PATREC analysis log - frame 19, Lufkin, 1974
Frame 19 accuracy evaluation, Lufkin, undated
Frame 41/44 analysis notes, undated
Frame 32 analysis log, Lubbock, 1974
Frame 29 analysis log, Amarillo, undated
Nominal scene 29-41 (frame 4), habitat inventory statistics, undated
Nominal scene 29-41 (frame 4), map accuracy evaluation, undated
Cartography experiment, NASA JSC (Johnson Space Center) and TPWD - Date 100 - Gould plotter, Laredo area, Webb County, 1974-1977
Red River Arsenal and Lone Star Ammunition Plant (F24), undated
Trinity-Brazos regulatory district - habitat mapping reports, 1960-1969
Southeast regulatory district - game habitat mapping, 1961-1974
PATREC analysis log - frame 16 1706-16341, 1974, undated
Classification evaluation - frame 16 1706-16341, 1978
Accuracy evaluation - frame 42, undated
PATREC analysis log - frame 42, 1347-16480, 1974, undated
PATREC analysis log - frame 18, Corsicana, 1974, undated
Frame 18 accuracy check, 1977
PATREC analysis log - frame 24, Longview, 1974-1977
Frame 24 accuracy evaluation, Longview, 1980
F25/F28 analysis notes, undated
F27/F30 (expansion) analysis notes, Childress, undated
F31 analysis notes, Wichita Falls, Red River and Rolling Plains, undated
Frame 33 (Snyder) analysis notes, 1972-1974
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2008/160-6 Frame 33 accuracy verification, undated
Frame 34 analysis notes, undated
Frame 35 analysis notes, undated
Frame 36 (Pecos), undated
Frame 38 (San Angelo), 1974
Frame 1 analysis notes, undated
Frame 2 analysis notes, 1975, undated
Frame 3 analysis notes, undated
PATREC analysis notes - frame 4 1615-16321, Frye, 1974-1976
Frame 4 accuracy evaluation, 1974-1977
PATREC analysis log, frame 6, 1974, undated
Frame 6 - accuracy evaluation, 1978
Frame 9 analysis notes, undated
Frame 9 verification, 1980
Bowie County, undated
Cass County, undated
Delta County, undated
Franklin County (east and west), undated
Harris County, frame 14, undated
Hopkins County, undated
Kimble County, undated
Jefferson County marsh averages, undated
Lamar County, undated
Liberty County, frame 14, undated
Mason County, undated
Montgomery County, frame 14, undated
Morris County, undated
Red River County (east and west), undated
San Jacinto County, frame 14, undated
Titus County (east and west), undated
McMullen County, undated
Camp Swift, undated
PATREC analysis log, frame 39 1656-16590, notes, 1976, undated
Frame 38 habitat inventory statistics, 1974
Frame 38 map accuracy evaluation, 1974
Frame 38 legend supplement, 1974
Nominal scene 31-37 (frame 33), habitat inventory statistics, 1972-1974
Frame 33 map accuracy evaluation, 1972-1974
Frame 33 legend supplement, 1972-1974
Nominal scene 30-37, habitat inventory statistics, 1973-1974
Frame 21 map accuracy evaluation, 1973-1974
Frame 21 legend supplement, 1973-1974
Frame 24 habitat inventory statistics, 1974-1976
Frame 24 map accuracy evaluation, 1974-1976
Frame 24 legend supplement, 1974-1976
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2008/160-7 Nominal scene 30-38 (frame 16), habitat inventory statistics, 1974
Nominal scene 30-38 (frame 16), map accuracy evaluation, 1974
Legend supplement 30-38 (frame 16), 1978
Nominal scene 29-38 (frame 17), habitat inventory statistics, 1974
Nominal scene 29-38 (frame 17), map accuracy evaluation, 1974
Legend supplement 29-38 (frame 17), 1978
Nominal scene 28-38 (frame 18), habitat inventory statistics, 1974
Nominal scene 28-38 (frame 18), map accuracy evaluation, 1974
Legend supplement 28-38 (frame 18), undated
Nominal scene 27-38 (frame 19), habitat inventory statistics, 1974
Nominal scene 27-38 (frame 19), map accuracy evaluation, 1974
Legend supplement 27-38 (frame 19), 1978
Frame 22, habitat inventory statistics, 1974
Frame 22, map accuracy evaluation, 1974
Frame 22, legend supplement, 1979
Frame 23, habitat inventory statistics, 1974
Frame 23, map accuracy evaluation, 1974
Frame 23, legend supplement, 1979
Frame 15/45, habitat inventory statistics, 1973
Frame 15/45, map accuracy evaluation, 1973
Frame 15/45, legend supplement, 1980
Frame 46, habitat inventory statistics, 1973
Frame 46, map accuracy evaluation, 1973
Frame 46, legend supplement, 1973
Frame 9, habitat inventory statistics, 1973
Frame 9, map accuracy evaluation, 1973
Frame 9, legend supplement, 1973
"To the Purchaser" statement, undated
Frame 42, habitat inventory statistics, 1973
Frame 42, legend supplement, 1973
Frame 42, map accuracy evaluation, 1973
Legend supplement 29-41 (frame 4), undated
Nominal scene 28-41 (frame 5), habitat inventory statistics, 1973
Nominal scene 28-41 (frame 5), map accuracy evaluation, 1973
Legend supplement 28-41 (frame 5), undated
Nominal scene 30-40 (frame 6), habitat inventory statistics, 1974
Nominal scene 30-40 (frame 6), map accuracy evaluation, 1974
Legend supplement 30-40 (frame 6), 1978
Nominal scene 29-40 (frame 7), habitat inventory statistics, 1974
Nominal scene 29-40 (frame 7), map accuracy evaluation, 1975
Legend supplement 29-40 (frame 7), 1979
Frame 40 - Alpine, analysis log, undated
PATREC analysis log - frame 43 1673-16532, 1976
Frame 43, accuracy evaluation, 1977
F(X) plains analysis notes, F48, undated