Conservation Committee

Wednesday, 9:00 a.m.
August 25, 2010

International Center
203 S. St. Mary’s Street
LaOrillo Ballroom, Suite 303 (3rd Floor)
San Antonio, Texas

Commissioner Mark E. Bivins, Committee Chair
Scott Boruff, Committee Liaison

Approval of Previous Meeting Minutes

1. Update on TPWD Progress in Implementing the TPWD Land and Water Resources Conservation and Recreation Plan

Staff:  Carter Smith

2. Land Exchange – Blanco County – 300 Acres for the Pedernales Falls State Park Conservation Project – Request Permission to begin the Public Notice and Input Process.

Staff:  Ted Hollingsworth

3. (ITEM WITHDRAWN) Land Acquisition – Lipscomb County – 400 ± Acres at the Gene Howe Wildlife Management Area – W.A. “Pat” Murphy Unit – Request Permission to begin the Public Notice and Input Process

Staff:  Ted Hollingsworth

4. Acceptance of Land Donation – Limestone County — .22 Acres at Fort Parker State Park (Action Item No. 12)

Staff:  Ted Hollingsworth

5. Conveyance of Expansion of Surface Easement – Freestone County – 530± Acres at Richland Creek Wildlife Management Area (Resolution) (Action Item No. 13)

Staff:  Ted Hollingsworth

6. Land Acquisition – Harris County – 2.8 Acres at San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site (Action Item No. 14)

Staff:  Ted Hollingsworth

7. Land Acquisition – Palo Pinto County – 3,980 Acres for New State Park (Action Item No. 15)

Staff:  Ted Hollingsworth

8. Land Acquisition – Travis County – Approximately 10 Acres along McKinney Falls Parkway as an Addition to McKinney Falls State Park – Request Permission to begin the Public Notice and Input Process

Staff:  Corky Kuhlmann

9. Land Acquisition – Uvalde County – 113.58 Acres at Garner State Park (Action Item No. 16)

Staff:  Corky Kuhlmann

10. Land Acquisition – Henderson County – 14 Acres at Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center – Request Permission to begin the Public Notice and Input Process

Staff:  Corky Kuhlmann

11. (ITEM WITHDRAWN) Land Acquisition – Jack County – 280 Acres at Fort Richardson State Park and Historic Site – Request Permission to begin the Public Notice and Input Process

Staff:  Corky Kuhlmann

12. Val Verde County Land Project (Executive Session Only)

Staff:  Scott Boruff


Conservation Committee
Executive Session

Wednesday, 9:00 a.m.
August 25, 2010

International Center
203 S. St. Mary’s Street
Small Conference Room, Suite 382 (3rd Floor)
San Antonio, Texas

Commissioner Mark E. Bivins, Committee Chair
Scott Boruff, Committee Liaison

1. Val Verde County Land Project

Staff:  Scott Boruff


Committee Agenda Item No. 1
Presenter:  Carter Smith

Conservation Committee
Update on TPWD Progress in Implementing the
TPWD Land and Water Resources Conservation and Recreation Plan
August 25, 2010

I.      Executive Summary:  Executive Director Carter Smith will briefly update the Commission on the status of the agency’s efforts to implement the Land and Water Resources Conservation and Recreation Plan (the “Plan”).

II.    Discussion:  In 2001, the 77th Texas Legislature directed that the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) develop a Land and Water Resources Conservation and Recreation Plan (Tex. Park & Wild. Code §11.104).  In 2002, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission (the Commission) adopted the first Plan.  A revised Plan was adopted by the Commission in January 2005.  In November 2009, the Commission approved a new Plan effective January 1, 2010.  The 2010 Plan is available on the TPWD web site.  Executive Director Carter Smith will update the Conservation Committee on TPWD’s recent progress in achieving the Plan’s goals, objectives and deliverables as they relate to the Conservation Committee.

The Plan consists of the following four goals:

  1. Practice, Encourage and Enable Science-based Stewardship of Natural and Cultural Resources
  2. Increase Access To and Participation In the Outdoors
  3. Educate, Inform and Engage Texas Citizens in Support of Conservation and Recreation
  4. Employ Efficient, Sustainable and Sound Business Practices

Committee Agenda Item No. 2
Presenter:  Ted Hollingsworth

Conservation Committee
Land Exchange – Blanco County
300 Acres at Pedernales Falls State Park
August 25, 2010

I.       Executive Summary:  Staff will brief the TPW Commission on a proposal to increase conservation and viewshed protection at Pedernales Falls State Park.

II.     Discussion:  The 5,212-acre Pedernales Falls State Park in Blanco County was acquired in 1970 to protect and provide recreational access to a dramatic segment of the Pedernales River, including the spectacular Pedernales Falls.  The aesthetic integrity of the falls is threatened, however, by the fact that the opposite bank of the river is privately owned.  As roads and utilities have improved access to the river from the north, riverfront home sites have become especially desirable and valuable.

County Road 2766 bisects the park, severing the southernmost 320± acres from the rest of the park, and effectively isolating the severed tract from public access.  In 2004, the Texas General Land Office (GLO) declared the property to be “underutilized” and recommended its sale, a recommendation with which the Office of the Governor concurred.  In 2006, the GLO agreed with Texas Parks and Wildlife (TPWD) that creation of a Conservation Bank on this tract for recovery of the federally-listed Golden Cheeked Warbler, would constitute a “highest and best use” for the property and prevent its sale.  Staff worked with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for three years on development of conservation banking instruments, and in 2009 decided that permitting the bank would proceed most efficiently with professional assistance.  In 2010, TPWD published a Request for Proposals (RFP) which elicited two proposals for creation of the proposed conservation bank.

A proposal from Pedernales Blue Hole Ltd. (PBH), if successful, would result in the exchange of the 320-acre TPWD tract, encumbered by the Conservation Bank Agreement and a conservation easement, for a viewshed easement on a 235-acre ranch with river frontage at the falls opposite the park.  Staff requests permission to begin the public notice and input process, and anticipates returning to the TPW Commission at some point with an action item to close the transaction, predicated on establishment of the conservation bank, which could take up to two years.

            Attachments — 3

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

Committee Agenda Item No. 2
Exhibit A

 Location Map – Pedernales Falls State Park in Blanco County

Location Map - Pedernales Falls State Park in Blanco County

Committee Agenda Item No. 2
Exhibit B

Vicinity Map for Pedernales Falls State Park in Blanco County

Vicinity Map for Pedernales Falls State Park in Blanco County

Committee Exhibit Item No. 2
Exhibit C

Site Map of Pedernales Falls SP Showing Subject Tracts

Site Map of Pedernales Falls SP Showing Subject Tracts

Committee Agenda Item No. 4
Presenter:  Ted Hollingsworth

Conservation Committee
Land Acquisition – Lipscomb County
400± Acres at the Gene Howe Wildlife Management Area
W.A. “Pat” Murphy Unit
August 25, 2010

I.       Executive Summary:  Staff will brief the Commission on the opportunity to purchase 400± acres from a willing seller for addition to the W.A. “Pat Murphy Unit of the Gene Howe Wildlife Management Area (WMA).

II.     Discussion:  The 889-acre W.A. “Pat” Murphy Unit is located in the northern rolling plains of Lipscomb County in the extreme northeast corner of the Texas Panhandle.  The habitat is primarily native prairie and is suitable for pronghorn antelope and lesser prairie chicken.  The tract is “L” shaped.  The owner of the 400-acre tract that would make the unit rectangular in shape is willing to sell to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) at or below appraised value.  The habitat on the subject 400-acre tract is comparable to that on the unit, and would add both biological and operational value to the WMA.

Staff requests permission to begin the public notice and input process.

            Attachments — 3

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

Committee Agenda Item No. 4
Exhibit A


Committee Agenda Item No. 4
Exhibit B


Committee Agenda Item No. 4
Exhibit C


Committee Agenda Item No. 8
Presenter:  Corky Kuhlmann

Conservation Committee
Land Acquisition – Travis County
McKinney Falls State Park
August 25, 2010

I.       Executive Summary:  Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is in negotiations with a private landowner for the acquisition of a 10 acre tract as an addition to McKinney Falls State Park.

II.          Discussion:  TPWD staff is currently in negotiations with a private landowner for the acquisition of an approximate 10-acre tract of land (Tract) adjacent to the south eastern boundary of McKinney Falls State Park (Park) having 2000’ of common boundary, 200’ of Onion Creek frontage and approximately 1500’ feet of McKinney Falls Parkway frontage.

The Tract is located just to the northeast of the Park entrance and is wedged between the Park boundary and McKinney Falls Parkway.  Acquisition will protect the Park entrance area from any development.

Staff would like to begin the process of providing public notice and obtaining public input regarding a proposed acquisition of an approximate 10 acre tract as an addition to McKinney Falls State Park.

                                                            Attachments — 3

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

Committee Agenda Item No. 8
Exhibit A

Location Map
Travis County
McKinney Falls State Park

Location Map - Travis County - McKinney Falls State Park

Committee Agenda Item No. 8
Exhibit B

Vicinity Map
McKinney Falls State Park

Vicinity Map - McKinney Falls State Park

Committee Agenda Item No. 8
Exhibit C

Site Map
McKinney Falls State Park

Site Map - McKinney Falls State Park

Committee Agenda Item No. 10
Presenter:  Corky Kuhlmann

Conservation Committee
Land Acquisition – Henderson County
Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center
August 25, 2010

I.       Executive Summary:  Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is in negotiations with a private landowner for the acquisition of a 14 acre tract as an addition to the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center, Athens, Texas.

II.          Discussion:  TPWD staff is currently in negotiations with a private landowner for the acquisition of an approximate 14-acre tract of land (Tract) adjacent to the north boundary of the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center, having 1500’ of common boundary.  The acquisition of this Tract will be used to build a small reservoir that will hold an emergency supply of water with the capability of gravity flow to existing ponds and also the possibility of adding additional ponds.

Staff would like to begin the process of providing public notice and obtaining public input regarding a proposed acquisition of an approximate 14 acre tract as an addition to Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center, Athens, Texas.

                                                            Attachments — 3

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

Committee Agenda Item No. 10
Exhibit A

Location Map
Henderson County
Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center


Committee Agenda Item No. 10
Exhibit B

Vicinity Map
Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center


Committee Agenda Item No. 10
Exhibit C

Site Map
Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center


Committee Agenda Item No. 12
Presenter:  Scott Boruff

Conservation Committee
Val Verde County Land Project
August 25, 2010

I.       Executive Summary:  Staff continues to evaluate a land project in Val Verde County.


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