Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine - December 2012

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December 2012 - Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine

You'll find a lot of Texas' best in this magazine's pages, which Texans have been reading for 70 years. Read about the iconic structures built by the Civilian Conservation Corps  — a cherished part of statewide outdoor life. See how Lady Bird Johnson's legacy of natural beauty continues to enrich our lives. Read about the red wolf's last days in Texas. Learn where to see Pineywoods holiday lights, how to make peach cobbler in a Dutch oven, what gifts may delight a shutterbug, and more.


Feature Articles

Celebrating 70 Years

Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine has inspired Texans to love the outdoors for seven decades.

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By Louie Bond

Starting a magazine is never easy, so starting a magazine during World War II could be considered either incredibly foolish or incredibly courageous. Yet a group of visionaries decided that it was indeed the perfect time to step out on that limb and turn an in-house monthly bulletin into a publication that would spark enough public interest to pay for its printing during wartime shortages.

“There is not only a demand but a need for such information,” wrote Executive Secretary William J. Tucker in the foreword to that premiere issue of what was then called Texas Game and Fish in December 1942. Read more.


Nature by Design

The CCC used native materials and thoughtful design to create iconic features in state parks.

rock cabin built by CCC

By Russell Roe


For generations, Texans have danced on the graceful, well-worn patio at Garner State Park, walked under elegant archways on the way to subterranean Longhorn Cavern, picnicked on rustic stone tables at Palo Duro and held family gatherings at the rising-out-of-the-ground refectory at Palmetto.

The Civilian Conservation Corps-built structures have served as a gateway for Texans’ interactions with the outdoors for decades. Though many visitors might not give a second thought to a park’s architecture, the CCC buildings are the product of an architectural vision of people and nature and how they interact. Read more.


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