Fifty years ago, Governor John B. Connally launched a campaign to modernize state government. This led to the merger of the Game and Fish Commission with the State Parks Board creating a new agency dedicated to conservation, parks and outdoor recreation. This year, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is celebrating its 50TH birthday by inviting people to share their stories and photos about memorable moments in the Texas outdoors. Here’s a look back at what this means for Texans.

Video courtesy Texas Parks and Wildlife

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