British Petroleum Presents Galveston Island State Park: Texas Parks Department Wants Corporate Sponsors

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The Texas Parks And Wildlife Department, the state agency that operates state parks and regulates hunting, fishing and related activities, announced today that it is seeking corporate partners. Seriously. Says so right on their website in big, bold letters: "Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Seeks Corporate Partners."

From the announcement:

For years, TPWD has benefited from working closely with its official non-profit partner, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation, to develop corporate sponsorships as well as philanthropic relationships with individuals and private foundations. Now TPWD will also be able to offer a new array of exclusive benefits to Official Corporate Partners, including official partner designation in specific business categories.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is a trusted brand, synonymous with outdoor experiences, wildlife, state parks and conservation," said Carter Smith, TPWD executive director. "We believe that this private-public partnership will be a smart business move for the right companies, offering access to a marketplace of millions of outdoor enthusiasts, and recognizing partner roles in helping to preserve state parks and the outdoor lifestyle that are such important parts of our Texas heritage."

At first I thought the whole thing might be a bored hacker's critique of consumerism run amok, but a hacker would have to be very bored indeed to generate a 31-page request for proposals and draft and steer a bill through the state Legislature.

And then I spoke with Darcy Bontempo, TDWP's marketing director, who assured me the program is very real indeed. Over the years, she told me, companies interested in sponsorships have approached the agency, but "we've never been able to offer this kind of suite of benefits before."

Benefits like rights to license the TPWD brand, plaques at "appropriate" locations, mentions in press releases, joint promotions and advertising across various media produced by the agency, all for the low, low price of $100,000. Additional benefits kick in at the $150,000, $300,000, and $500,000 levels.

The department is looking for partners in 10 categories, one of which is energy, though the RFP makes clear that "partnerships cannot be used as settlements to address an environmental penalty that the entity has been cited for."

I asked Bontempo if they would ever sell naming rights. "Absolutely not," she told me. "We want to [preserve] the integrity of the sites and the visitor experience."

This is Texas, though, where the government doesn't like paying for stuff, so we figure the naming rights are just around the corner. Here's a few ideas that'll give TPWD a head start:

British Petroleum Presents Galveston Island State Park
Choke Canyon Brought to You by the Dallas Cowboys
Ebby Halliday's Dinosaur Valley
Texas Parks and Wildlife Compost Heap by Wolf Brand Chili
Dr Pepper 10 Presents The First All-Male Swimming Hole: The Man Hole
American Airlines Presents Concealed Weapon Hunting at Tyler State Park

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And while the Governor is a buffoon and one does there best to ignore him -- it is the collateral damage he does downline by appointing his cronies.


So next time you pull the lever for Guv Good Hair -- remember  that the real damage is in his appointments. 


One of the only good things about Texas, and they're ruining it step-by-step. Although I guess you could have seen this coming.


If you get a paper map of the particular park you're in, it has a full-page Toyota ad on the back. Guess it'll be everywhere now.


I actually saw coporate sponsorship plaques at several of the glorious parks on the Olympic Peninsula some 10 years ago. It was unobtrusively done. But this is Texas.

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

I guess with these 'sponsorships"  the Legislature will continue to defund TPWD and continue to reallocate dedicated TPWD taxes and fees to the general fund.


Thank you Governor "No Taxes" Perry for continuing Texas in the race to the bottom.

holmantx topcommenter

try this out:


Recently, the TPWD bigs were out at their own personal playground - the Big Bend Ranch State Park (a sprawling 300,000-acre working ranch owned by us and run by the TPWD).  One was Dan Sholly, and David Riskind and their cult TPWD dept following.  Sholly is the Deputy Director of Parks and Riskind is the Director for natural Resources. These are the ones who ordered the killings of the wild burros.  And boy do they have new plans for the Park!


Sell all horses that (13 of them) including pregnant mares, colts, etc., that were not broke to slaughter. The only two that could not sell were two stud horses who still have their balls. You cannot cross them to Mexico like that (for slaughter).  They will taken out, back-holes dug, shot later.


The only horses left (and some of those are pregnant!) are gentle broke rides for tourists. They will eventually get rid of those as well.


After the last Longhorn cattle drive (Texans pay thousands to participate) in October, the next and probably last longhorn cattle drive, all the longhorns that can they can catch, will be sold. The ones that can’t be caught, the wild ones, will be shot and left there for the coyotes and the vultures.


They continue to kill the auodad and there is a suspension of killing the burros as of right now due to the outcry of the public.


And speaking of trendy name changes, they want to change the park's name to Big Bend State Park...getting rid of the "Ranch".  Typical government operation – shoot the horses that you can’t sell for dogmeat (or to the European socialists).


So they’ve installed bike trails and a herd of mountain bikes at $3 an hour.  


A thousand miles from nowhere.


Hopefully, the Ranch can get a Evile corporate sponsor who will put a stay on this “conversion for the people”, and financially back the purpose this ranch was bought for in the first place.


But time is running out.


Well, what do you expect when the Texas legislature never funds the TPWD with as much money as it, and the taxes passed to support it, generate. There is a state tax on just about every piece of outdoor sporting equipment sold in Texas (tents, backpacks, fishing rods, etc.) that is supposed to fund the TPWD. However, it all goes in the general fund along with every fee that TPWD charges. Yet, the TPWD never sees all of this money (about half of it or less).


 @bifftannen how does a friggin toyota ad ruin a free map? I get a free map, I appreciate that toyota is helping foot the bill in place of my own coin, and I still think their cars are overpriced based upon reliability perceptions that go above and beyond lower priced korean alternatives.

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