Presenter: Corky Kuhlmann

Commission Agenda Item No. 17
Action
Easement Donation – Van Zandt County
Purtis Creek State Park
May 24, 2007

I. Executive Summary: This item concerns the donation of a Right-of-Way (ROW) Easement from an adjacent landowner at Purtis Creek State Park.

II. Discussion: Purtis Creek State Park covers 1,533 acres and is accessed by FM 316 on the east side as the main entrance and has an evacuation exit/entrance to the south along CR 2938. Other than handshake agreements, the park has no access from the north along FM 3080 or the west adjacent to CR 2816, as private property surrounds the park in those areas. An adjacent landowner who currently resides on a 15.44 acre tract that borders the west side of Purtis Creek State Park off of CR 2816 has given permission to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) over the years to access park property by driving through their property. This landowner has offered to deed an easement to TPWD allowing us permanent legal access. This deeded access is necessary to maintain firebreaks and provide an emergency evacuation route once the park's multi-use trail system is operational.

III. Recommendation: The staff recommends the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission adopt the following motion:

"The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission authorizes the Executive Director to take all necessary steps to acquire by donation a ROW Easement as an addition to Purtis Creek State Park, Van Zandt, County."

Attachments – 1

  1. Exhibit A – Location Map

Commission Agenda Item No. 17
Exhibit A

Location Map for Governor Hogg Shrine Park in Quitman

Location of proposed easement in relation to Purtis Creek State Park

For help in interpreting this map, please contact Corky Kuhlmann.


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