An acquisition of a portion of the property deemed “Phase One” by February 28, 2015 is required to extend the right of purchase to the “Phase Two” portion of the property through December 31, 2015. Once completed, the project will expand the area of the PCNA by almost half of its current acreage, for a total of 1,065 acres. It will offer residents and visitors even greater opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, provide habitat for rare and endangered species, protect drinking water sources, and become one of the premier wilderness park experiences in central Texas.
Many of you are devotees of the Purgatory Creek Natural Area (PCNA) and are well aware of recent efforts to expand its acreage. The City of San Marcos has an opportunity to commit $500,000 for a tract in PCNA, called Wildenthal (read more below and in this PDF). This funding would supplement support from Hays County. Of course expanding this natural area will bring many benefits to San Marcos, including a way to connect trails with future land acquisitions to the north under consideration through the Hays County Habitat Conservation Plan.
What You Can Do to Help
This issue is a discussion item on the City Council agenda on Tuesday, January 20th. Send an email to the mayor and council indicating your support for funding of the Wildenthal tract. Send your email to [email protected].
The Trust for Public Land, together with Hays County and the City of San Marcos, are now working to preserve the contiguous 312-acre parcel known as the Wildenthal Tract. An acquisition of a portion of the property deemed “Phase One” by February 28, 2015 is required to extend the right of purchase to the “Phase Two” portion of the property through December 31, 2015. Once completed, the project will expand the area of the PCNA by almost half of its current acreage, for a total of 1,065 acres. View larger map.
The Wildenthal Tract includes Purgatory Creek frontage along its southern boundary, and is fully within the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone – the primary drinking water source for residents of central Texas. The property’s addition to PCNA will further preserve water quality by protecting two significant canyons that drain into Purgatory Creek. The Wildenthal Tract also provides critical habitat for endangered species, including the Golden-cheeked warbler and Black-capped vireo.