8/31/2005

B and B: Texas to sell off "very special place" in Big Bend to resort owner?

Texas to sell off "very special place" in Big Bend to resort owner?

For Texans who care about public lands and open government, this story is something to keep a very close eye on:

Texas may sell part of Big Bend Ranch State Park
Associated Press

AUSTIN - State park officials are considering selling one-sixth of the flagship Big Bend Ranch State Park, the Austin American-Statesman reported today.

Texas Parks and Wildlife commissioners are to discuss the sale of 45,000 acres of the 300,000-acre park in a closed session Wednesday in Austin. The first public discussion and a vote by the commission could come Thursday.

Houston businessman John Poindexter confirmed he has been negotiating with the Parks and Wildlife Department. Poindexter, who owns the exclusive resort Cibolo Creek Ranch adjacent to the park, had no further comment.

Word of the talks has drawn criticism from a former parks commissioner who decried the possible sale and from an environmental advocate who called the secret preparations for a sale bad public policy.

B and B: Texas to sell off "very special place" in Big Bend to resort owner?

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