Conservation easement funding granted to protect 14,311 acresConservation easement funding granted to protect 14,311 acreshttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=123842016-03-04T06:00:00Z2016-03-04T20:00:00Z​AUSTIN – The Texas Farm and Ranch Lands Conservation Council yesterday approved land trust funding totaling $1.4 million for a wide array of conservation easements. The easements will help bring more than 14,300 acres of the state’s high-value working farm and ranch lands under long-term protection.

The following were approved for funding:
  • West Bay Corridor (Hitchcock Prairie)—3,100 acres in Galveston County near the Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge and other conservation properties. $500,000.
  • Puryear Ranch—425 acres in Travis County along Rocky Creek, a major tributary of Barton Creek and adjacent to the Shield Ranch where 6,700 acres are already protected by conservation easement. $131,850.
  • Albritton Ranch—650 acres in Bandera County near Lost Maples State Park and Love Creek Preserve in the Bandera Canyonlands. $325,000.
  • Pietila Ranch—9,992 acres in Culberson County sharing six miles of common boundary with Guadalupe Mountains National Park. $375,000.
  • Lazy Bend Ranch—144 acres in Hays County near the 3,950-acre Storm Ranch conservation easement. $75,925.
A second grant application cycle is currently open for consideration of the remaining $470,000 available in this year’s funding.

The deadline to apply is April 8. More information is available online.
Texas Parks & Wildlife
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