700-acre addition gives San Marcos one of nation's largest urban preserves700-acre addition gives San Marcos one of nation's largest urban preserveshttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=105752015-09-18T05:00:00Z2015-09-18T19:00:00Z

​​​​​SAN MARCOS – The addition of a 700-acre conservation habitat near Purgatory Creek gives the city one of the largest urban preserves in the nation.

Officials from Hays County, the city and La Cima Development Group attended a ceremony Wednesday commemorating the creation of the preserve near the intersection of Old Ranch Rd. 12 and Wonder World Dr. The new acreage brings the total size of the contiguous parkland in that area to more than 1,800 acres. 

The county is able to go directly to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, rather than the federal government, for permits to certify that the future La Cima development is in compliance with the Endangered Species Act, saving the county time and money.

​The habitat conservation preserve will open to the public once policies are finalized and trails are created.

La Cima​​ will remain outside the city limits until a final plat is submitted to Hays County, at which point the city will have the option of annexing the property.

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