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Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
The department's primary functions are management and conservation of the state's natural and cultural resources, provision of outdoor recreational opportunities, conservation education and outreach, and cultural/historical interpretation. Operates and maintains a system of public lands, including state parks, historic sites, fish hatcheries and wildlife management areas. Serves as the state agency with primary responsibility for conserving, protecting and enhancing the state's fish and wildlife resources. Regulates and enforces commercial and recreational fishing, hunting and boating laws in the state. Monitors, conserves and enhances the quality and quantity of rivers, streams, lakes, coastal marshes, bays, beaches, gulf waters and other aquatic and wildlife habitat.