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Chapter 26 Parks and Wildlife Code Toolkit

Chapter 26 of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Code (PWC) protects any public land designated and used as a park, recreation area, scientific area, wildlife refuge, or historic area from use or take from such land. While Chapter 26 is similar to Section 4(f), compliance with Section 4(f) does not equate compliance with Chapter 26, and vice versa. Use the following tools to comply with Chapter 26.

Questions? Contact the Project Delivery Section of the Environmental Affairs Division at 512-416-2763.

Title Date Description Format
Parks and Wildlife Code Chapter 26 Environmental Handbook 05/2016 Describes the applicability and requirements for complying with Parks and Wildlife Code (PWC) Chapter 26, which involves the transportation use of parks, recreation areas, scientific areas, wildlife refuges and historic sites.
Checklist: Parks and Wildlife Code, Chapter 26 Compliance 05/2016 Records project-level compliance with PWC, Chapter 26
and ensures the preparation of all necessary documentation.
Standard Operating Procedure for Reviewing, Processing and Approving Chapter 26 of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Code 03/2014 Describes the process used by the Project Delivery Section of the Environmental Affairs Division to evaluate compliance with PWC Chapter 26.
Section 4(f) and PWC Chapter 26 Comparison Chart 05/2016 Provides a comparative overview of the PWC Chapter 26 requirements and the U.S. DOT Act Section 4(f) requirements.
Chapter 26, Title 3, Parks and Wildlife Code   Requires TxDOT to make specific findings before approving the use of protected public lands for a transportation project.
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