PLEASE take the time to read the plan first and also attend the meeting.http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/business/feedback/public_comment/
Big Bend Ranch State Park Public Use Plan Houston Meeting Reminder...
It Does NOT appear that I ShaneA will be there. I've got a HUGE job interview scheduled late that afternoon and will run into the evening with a number of people and committees in Lufkin Texas. I don't think there is anyway I can make a mad dash down to Houston and be there in time for the meeting. BUT, please go in my place. I've reviewed the public use plan multiple times and the only three comments I have about it are (1) I want the Rancho Viejo campsite to stay put as it is close to the gate and makes it easier to make a run into Presidio for provisions or gasoline w/o having to traverse the entire park for 45minutes to an hour and (2) I'm concerned about possible loss of "old structures" out there that might be razed if they are not on the preservation list. Big Bend National Park did the "razing" at the inception many years ago. I'd like to see them stay as they are. (3) with my off-road pop-up camper, I rely on a Honda Generator EU3000is for power/AC/heat and it is super super quiet - coming in at something like 48db - which is the sound of normal conversation. The Public Use Plan calls for the banning on use of generators. I'd like to see the ban on generators provisioned with those above 50db - ie. the big hunking industrial models. Overall, I think that the public use plan is outstanding and that the staff of TPWD did a superb job on it and should be congratulated on opening up Big Bend Ranch State Park for more usage. I'm especially happy that TPWD did not attempt to create "mega campgrounds" with full hook-ups, utilities, etc. and force everyone into these. The Big Bend Ranch State Park public use plan is in many respects very close to that of Big Bend National park.
REMEMBER BIG BEND RANCH STATE PARK!
PUBLIC MEETING IN HOUSTON THURSDAY, FEB. 15 at 7:00 PM
Do you remember 2005 when the quiet move to sell approximately 45,000 acres of Big Bend Ranch State Park to the adjacent private landowner sparked outrage across the state of Texas? The public backlash forced the Texas Parks & Wildlife Commission to reverse course. Now we have an opportunity to show our concern for how this premiere state park is developed.
The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department has issued a draft of its “Big Bend Ranch State Park Public Use Plan”. A complete copy of the draft plan in PDF format can be downloaded from the following web address: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/business/feedback/public_comment/
The big news for Houston lovers of the Big Bend region is that TPWD has agreed to have a public meeting on the plan in Houston on Thursday, February 15th. The meeting will be hosted by the Houston Sierra Club at the Judson Robinson Community Center located at the corner of Hermann Drive and Almeda at the edge of Hermann Park. The street address is 2020 Hermann Drive; Houston, TX 77004.
Plan to arrive at 7:00 PM to check out the displays and for refreshments. The presentation will begin at 7:30 PM and be followed by a Q&A session, concluding at 9:00 PM. The Houston Parks & Recreation Department has graciously agreed to make its facility available free of charge.
Chris Beckcom, TPWD Senior Planner, will present the plan and Mike Hill, Region 1 State Parks Director, will facilitate the meeting. Additional meetings are being held in Marfa and Austin. Following the series of public meetings and comments, the TPWD will begin preparing the final plan in March.
If you have any questions about the meeting, please contact Evelyn Merz at 713-644-8228 or email@example.com