Remember last year when a record drought and devastating wildfires ravaged the countryside?

Well, apparently that’s not good for parks.

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The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department budget is battered and officials are seeking help.

This nonprofit organization stepped up this week and donated $500,000.

“There has never been a greater need for private support of our parks,” said Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation board chairman Kelly Thompson.

A good way for everyone to support state parks is just to go out and visit them — visitors’ fees pay for about half of the operating costs.

State park honcho Carter Smith explains other ways to help fill the budget’s $4.6 million dark hole: