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Section 12: Wildlife Viewing Areas

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Introduction

The “Watchable Wildlife Project,” coordinated by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), has identified certain sites throughout the state as accessible wildlife viewing sites. The wildlife sites are described in the Texas Wildlife Viewing Guide, published by TPWD.

To promote environmental and ecological awareness and to help the public find the wildlife sites, TxDOT installs and maintains WILDLIFE VIEWING AREA signing (D7-12 and D7-13). See Standard Highway Sign Designs for Texas for sign details.

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Signing Standards

The WILDLIFE VIEWING AREA signing should correspond to the directions given in the Texas Wildlife Viewing Guide.

The 48 × 30 inch WILDLIFE VIEWING AREA sign should be placed at the nearest major intersection, and the 18 × 18 inch binocular-logo sign with supplemental arrow plaque should be used as necessary.

For sites on TxDOT right-of-way property, the actual site location may be signed with the binocular logo. Signing should not be used in locations where stopping to view wildlife could be hazardous. Signing required at off-right-of-way locations is financed and installed by others.

Many of the locations named in the Texas Wildlife Viewing Guide are state parks or other identifiable areas that may already be signed. In these cases, no additional signs are necessary. The existing guide signing for these areas, together with the guide directions, should normally suffice for guiding the motorist to these viewing areas.

Examples of a signed location and a complete list of Watchable Wildlife sites by district may be obtained from the Traffic Operations Division.

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