Presenter: Ted Hollingsworth

Commission Agenda Item No. 21
Action
Land Donation - Bastrop County
Buescher State Park
August 27, 2009

I. Executive Summary: Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation (TPWF) will acquire 37.36 acres adjacent to Buescher State Park (BSP) with the intention of donating this acreage to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD). The property has excellent recreational potential and habitat for the endangered Houston toad.

II. Discussion: 37.36 acres of land have been offered for sale adjacent to BSP. TPWF has negotiated a contract to purchase the property. Upon acquiring this property, TPWF has indicated that it will donate the tract to TPWD. The property has 0.70 of a mile of boundary in common with BSP. The vegetation cover is native pine-oak forest. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service designated the tract as known Houston toad habitat. The location and attributes of the tract make it manageable by existing park staff, and offer potential for expanding public outdoor recreation opportunities in the future, to the extent this does not adversely impact toad habitat.

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 accept the donation of a 37.36 acre tract of land as an addition to Buescher State Park."

Attachments - 3

  1. Exhibit A - Location Map
  2. Exhibit B - Vicinity Map
  3. Exhibit C - Site Map

Commission Agenda Item No. 21
Exhibit A

Location Map
Bastrop County, Texas

Location of Bastrop County in relation to the State of Texas

For help in interpreting this map, please contact Ted Hollingsworth.


Commission Agenda Item No. 21
Exhibit B

Vicinity Map
Buescher State Park

Location of Buescher State Park in relation to Bastop State Park and Bastrop, Texas

For help in interpreting this map, please contact Ted Hollingsworth.


Commission Agenda Item No. 21
Exhibit C

Site Map
Buescher State Park

Location of 37.36 acres land donation in relation to Buescher State Park

For help in interpreting this map, please contact Ted Hollingsworth.


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