Texas is included in five of 28 restoration projects across the Gulf of Mexico under a conditional agreement between BP and Natural Resource Damage Assessment trustees.
Texas Parks and Wildlife spokesman Tom Harvey said although the Texas coast was less visibly impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Texas wildlife was affected.
House Bill 852, which has passed in the Texas House, places tighter restrictions on the controversial fishing practice called shark finning.
Last year Whole Earth Provision raised $30,000 for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and hopes to break its own record this year.
Texas State Parks suffered a tremendous drop in visitors in 2011 that was blamed on extreme heat, the drought and the devastating wildfires - especially in Bastrop State Park.
Texas lawmakers are looking to save Texas state parks from closing down by making sure that taxpayer funds intended for state parks get there.
When you go to a sporting goods store and buy a canoe there is a little tax that supports the Texas park system, since a person would be likely to enjoy paddling that canoe on Texas state waterways.
Over the years the state diverted that park tax money and held it in order to balance the state budget on paper.
In the current state budget, $184 million pegged for parks was diverted to help balance the overall budget.