Caprock Canyons State Park, Bison Herd Honored at Texas State Capitol

AUSTIN—Elected officials and numerous students from around Texas packed the State Capitol of Texas rotunda to honor Caprock Canyons State Park and its ongoing efforts to preserve the Texas State Bison Herd, as park superintendent Donald Beard received the Service of Achievement Merit Award on this the 167th anniversary of Texas’ statehood.

State of Texas Anniversary Remembrance (STAR) Foundation President Dennis Kulvicki of Presidio, TX, presented the award to Beard and TPWD Executive Director Carter Smith in front of State Senator Jose Rodriguez of El Paso, Texas General Land Office Commissioner Jerry Patterson, dozens of students from Midland’s San Jacinto Junior High School and Weimar Middle School, as well as numerous onlookers on Tuesday, paying tribute to Caprock’s ongoing conservation efforts to save the last remnant herd of Southern Plains Bison.

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