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March typically marks the beginning of peak wildflower blooming season in Texas. These beautiful Texas treasures can be found across the state and attract many visitors each year. Is it illegal to pick bluebonnets? Texans commonly hear this, but is...
1. Start with the basics. Pack them a waste-free lunch. Put their food in durable, reusable containers using a reusable lunch box and utensils. Walk or ride bikes to school or create a carpool with neighbors. Teach them to take...
Dramatic cold fronts with strong winds, like Texans have seen recently, can damage plants inside and out. Many plants can handle slow, steady cold weather, but the back and forth is harder to manage. While you cannot fully protect plants...
Ozone season, the time when we see the highest levels of ozone, starts between March and May in many parts of our state. People should be aware of ozone levels because ozone is a respiratory toxic agent that can cause...
While we encourage you to reuse and repurpose materials to reduce waste, be cautious of reusing wood in and around your home. If you are buying or building a new home, deck, or furniture, find out about the wood’s origins...
A group of scouts worked to remove Chinaberry, an invasive plant, at Lost Pines Boy Scout Camp on Sunday, October 19, 2014. That service work, along with previously earned merit badges, qualified them for the Take Care of Texas patch....
Proper maintenance will help keep your rain barrels free of leaks, clogs, and mosquitoes.
The federal RESTORE Act requires the five Gulf states affected by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill to establish centers to conduct research on the Gulf Coast region. Commissioner Baker, Texas’ representative on the RESTORE Council, manages the implementation of...
Everyone can and should do something to protect groundwater. Why? We all have a stake in maintaining its quality and quantity. For starters, 99 percent of all available freshwater comes from aquifers underground. Being a good steward of groundwater just...
Here's a reason to celebrate—over 18,500 people have pledged to "Take Care of Texas"! With your help, we can reach 20,000 by March 1! Help us reach 20,000 pledges for a chance to win a Samsung Galaxy Tab4, provided by...

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