National Park Service

National Park Service Promo | Fort Davis National Park Archives (1969)The management of national parks and monuments originally fell to multiple executive departments. To realize the dream of a national park system, Congress needed to consolidate operations under a single governing entity: the National Park Service. Created by the 1916 National Park Service Organic Act, the agency carries out the … Read More

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Continuing the Heritage (1991)Similar to the National Park Service, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department operations were originally carried out by multiple state entities. The Texas Game and Fish Commission, established in 1895, regulated fishing and hunting, while the Texas State Parks Board, established in 1923, oversaw the parklands and historic sites. The Texas Legislature merged the two in 1963 to … Read More