For Release at 9 AM
September 15, 2011:
For More Information:
Ken Kramer 512-476-6962 (office), 512-626-4204 (cell)
Statement of Ken Kramer,
Director, Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club,
on theTransfer of the Christmas Mountains
to the Texas State University System
“Today’s announcement that the Christmas Mountains property is being transferred to the Texas State University System for outdoor education and conservation is welcome news.
The Sierra Club believes that this transfer is a reasonable outcome of the dispute over the ownership and management of this important conservation area in West Texas.
We are especially gratified by the commitment of the Texas State University System that the Christmas Mountains will be not only an open-air classroom for students and researchers but also an area accessible to the public.
Texans need and deserve more opportunities for public access to the great outdoors of our state.
The transfer of the Christmas Mountains to the
Texas State System will provide an unique opportunity
to expand that access and to enhance the public’s
awareness of our state’s natural heritage.”