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In the Shadow of the Chinatis

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Offline miatarchy04

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In the Shadow of the Chinatis
« on: February 13, 2019, 12:52:48 PM »
I have just finished reading David W. Keller's book, In the Shadow of the Chinatis: A History of Pinto Canyon in the Big Bend (Texas A&M University Press. This book was announced for March in the TAMUP catalog but is available now on amazon and elsewhere.  I would strongly recommend this book for anyone who is interested in Pinto Canyon or the southern Presidio County area between the rimrock and Ruidosa. It contains both natural and human history of this area with a focus on the ranchers who tried to make a living in this area. Former landowner Donald Judd and current landowner Jeff Fort are profiled and lauded for their efforts to preserve this area.

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Offline steelfrog

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Re: In the Shadow of the Chinatis
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2019, 01:57:57 PM »
Thanks for the heads up, I just ordered it.

Does anyone know anything about the most current status of the push to add the Chinatis to BBRSP?  I know they were dealing with access issues seems like, last time I heard.

Thanks.

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Offline miatarchy04

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Re: In the Shadow of the Chinatis
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2019, 02:57:45 PM »
"For years, access issues and lack of funds hamstrung the ability of the [Texas Parks & Wildlife] department to open the Chinati State Natural Area to the public. In 2013, they came one step closer after obtaining necessary easements, and in 2017 they presented a draft public use plan in a series of public meetings. Although access may still be years away, pending natural and cultural resource surveys and visitor infrastructure, it will continue to be held in trust for the people of Texas to be managed as an 'outdoor laboratory for scientific exploration and education'"  (Keller, In the Shadow of the Chinatis, p. 265)

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Offline RichardM

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Re: In the Shadow of the Chinatis
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2019, 05:19:41 PM »
Current status
Park planners have begun work on the public use plan. The plan, including public input, will be complete by 2018.

TPWD is working on acquiring land for public access to the park from FM 170.

No opening date has been set. Check back here for updates.

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Offline Ranger Tim

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Re: In the Shadow of the Chinatis
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2019, 09:21:43 PM »
I think Keller's quote summed that up pretty nicely. He's a hell of a writer though.

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