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In the News and Other Tidbits: Christmas in September, Nature Ctr Nixed by San Marcos City Council, Landowners Speak

Council blocks $3 million nature center
A contract to design a nature center for the city’s Purgatory Creek Natural Area was rejected on a 3-3 tie last week with opposing San Marcos City Council members saying the expensive project should be postponed or scrapped all together.
Texas State University to manage Christmas Mountains
A mountainous tract of West Texas land that has been a point of contention between the General Land Office and environmental groups will serve a new purpose — a research and educational area for university students. Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson announced today that the Christmas Mountains, a remote 9,269-acre property in Brewster County that adjoins Big Bend National Park, will be transferred to the Texas State University System.
TSUS accepts donation of Christmas Mountains
Texas State University System Chancellor Brian McCall, Ph.D., and Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson today announced the transfer of the Christmas Mountains to the Texas State University System. The rugged 9,269-acre tract of land in Brewster County will become an outdoor classroom, open to all, with conservation of the land guaranteed forever.
Hill Country Conservancy: Here Forever
Enjoy this 14-minute film featuring Andy Sansom of the River Systems Institute, Texas State University:
The Hill Country Conservancy explores the loss of ranch land in and around Austin, Texas in this touching short film. Several local ranchers speak about the environmental, cultural, and health risks that become inevitable if we allow our rural heritage to fade away..For more information, visit

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