Of course we were disappointed to hear that federal funding was withheld from Trust for Public Land in its bid to expand Purgatory Creek Natural Area. SMGA supports TPL’s ongoing efforts and will continue to work with TPL and the City of San Marcos to conserve the environmentally sensitive areas that surround the Purgatory Creek Natural Area. Read more from San Marcos Mercury at the link below.
Feds reject grant for Purgatory Creek greenspace expansion
by SEAN BATURA
Efforts to more than double the size of San Marcos’ Purgatory Creek Natural Area were frustrated last week when the federal government opted not to award a $1.9 million land acquisition grant to the Trust for Public Land. The Trust for Public Land was seeking a federal Section 6 Habitat Conservation Plan Land Acquisition Grant to buy a 289-acre parcel just west of the Purgatory Creek Natural Area. Scott Parker, trust’s senior program director, said the pool of grant money was smaller this year than previous years and competition was exceptionally high.
|Purgatory Creek Expansion Map (used with permission from San Marcos Local News)|