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    Big Bend

    National Park Texas

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  • Extreme Water Shortage

    Extreme water shortage throughout park. Visitors are limited to 5 gallons per day, and are encouraged to conserve further when possible. Please consider bringing your own water to the park.

Exotic Animal Management Plan

The National Park Service is developing an Exotic Animal Management Plan to guide protection of park resources from the impacts of non-native wildlife at Big Bend.

Federal regulation, Executive Orders and NPS Policies require National Parks to prevent impacts by exotic species to natural and cultural resources.

NPS Policies direct that exotic species…"will be managed – up to and including eradication – if control is prudent and feasible and the exotic species interferes with natural processes and the perpetuation of natural features, native species or natural habitats.”

This planning process includes production of an environmental assessment that analyzes exotic animal management alternatives for their environmental and other effects.

Input from the public and other interested parties is critical to determining the appropriate course of action. We invite you to read the material relating to the plan, attend a public scoping meeting, contact park staff with questions, and submit your comments.

scoping document
Click here to view the introductory (November 2006) newsletter for the scoping process.

Did You Know?

Hikers along the South Rim Trail

In 1944, Big Bend's first year of operation as a national park, only 1,409 visitors entered the park. Today, annual visitation averages around 350,000 visitors. More...