Sierra Club is formally opposing the proposed transfer of the existing Devils River State Natural Area and a $7.9 million cash payment in order to acquire the smaller Devils River Ranch in a deal that would reduce
the size of the park system by 2000 acres.
For Immediate Release (Monday, December 20, 2010):
For More Information: Ken Kramer 512-476-6962 (office), 512-626-4204 (cell)
Statement of Ken Kramer, Director, Lone Star Chapter, Sierra
Club on Decision Today by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission to Acquire the Devils River Ranch
“The Sierra Club supports the decision made by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission today to authorize acquisition of the Devils River Ranch, which will be added to the state park system and managed as part of the existing Devils River State Natural Area.
The acquisition of the Devils River
Ranch, while retaining the existing State Natural Area, is
a wonderful holiday gift for the people of Texas.
“The Parks and Wildlife Commissioners are to be commended for being responsive to the outpouring of public sentiment in favor of protecting the Devils River and keeping the Devils River State Natural Area in the state park system.
The positive outcome on this issue demonstrates the value of public input and involvement in helping the Commission and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department pursue the dual missions of conserving natural resources and providing opportunities for outdoor recreation.
The Sierra Club will work with the Parks and Wildlife Department in the coming weeks to develop proposals to improve the public notice and input process on the agency’s land transactions in order to make sure the public is able to serve as a valuable partner in decisions on such transactions.
“The Sierra Club recognizes that the decision to acquire the Devils River Ranch is only the first step in a process that will include addressing issues of managing recreation on the river, protecting water quality and water
flows in the river, developing a comprehensive management
plan for the new acquisition and the existing State Natural Area,
and providing adequate financial resources on an ongoing manner to protect
natural resource and provide appropriate recreation opportunities.
Our organization stands ready to assist in this effort.”