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EDGEFIELD, S.C. — The National Wild Turkey Federation and the Texas State NWTF Chapter support a ballot initiative to protect a dedicated funding source for Texas’ state parks, recreation areas and historic sites.
Through a $5,000 donation to the Texas Coalition for State Parks, the NWTF and the Texas State Chapter support their efforts to raise awareness for the Proposition 5 ballot initiative that guarantees consistent, dedicated funding for outdoor recreation areas and continued access for hunters, anglers and other outdoor recreationists throughout the state.
“We are extremely proud to help support this ballot awareness campaign for taking care of state parks,” said Craig White, Texas NWTF State Chapter president of Nacogdoches. “These are gems for all citizens of Texas and are an important part of the outdoor experience for our children.”
According to the Texas Coalition of State Parks, in 1993, the Texas legislature moved to create a consistent funding stream for state and local parks and historical sites, by designating a portion of the sales taxes collected from the sale of sporting goods, known as the Sporting Goods Sales Tax. From 1993 to 2017, the state collected nearly $2.5 billion in revenue from this tax, of which only 40 percent has been spent on state and local parks.
Proposition 5 is a constitutional dedication of revenue from the existing sales tax, so those dollars can only be used by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas Historical Commission on public parks and historic sites, and not for any other purposes. Importantly, Proposition 5 requires no new taxes or fees.
“It is important to note that in addition to our state parks being destinations for camping, fishing, swimming, and wildlife viewing, many of these sites provide tremendous public hunting opportunities for our sportsmen,” according to Dr. Robert Linder, past president of Texas NWTF and current state governmental affairs liaison for the Texas NWTF board of directors. “Lending support to this campaign fits perfectly with shared goals we have with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in providing more public hunting access, a key component in our Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative in Texas and the throughout the nation.”
About the National Wild Turkey FederationWhen the National Wild Turkey Federation was founded in 1973, there were about 1.3 million wild turkeys in North America. After decades of work, that number hit a historic high of almost 7 million turkeys. To succeed, the NWTF stood behind science-based conservation and hunters’ rights. The NWTF Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative is a charge that mobilizes science, fundraising and devoted volunteers to conserve or enhance more than 4 million acres of essential wildlife habitat, recruit 1.5 million hunters and open access to 500,000 acres for hunting. For more information, visit NWTF.org.