The National Park Service review underscores the importance of the sea turtle program at Padre Island National Seashore and outlines goals to strengthen its mission and expand opportunities for shared stewardship. No cuts to the sea turtle program's base budget are planned or have been enacted. At present, the sea turtle program constitutes nearly one quarter of the park's base budget. We want to broaden the success of the sea turtle program to include the park’s other resources for their protection and for the enjoyment of our visitors.
Some of the review’s recommendations will require careful study and public feedback before deciding when, or if, they should be implemented. Indeed, no changes to the park’s nest management program have been implemented. Doing so would require further review as mandated by the Endangered Species Act. However, several other recommendations are opportunities to implement agency best practices. We believe reducing overtime, strategically hiring seasonal employees, and instituting health, life, and safety measures better aligns this program with National Park Service practices and conservation principles.
Read the review here.
Last updated: December 11, 2020