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Offline randell

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« on: March 29, 2006, 03:18:35 PM »
Wouldn't it be nice if we woke up tomorrow to these news stories:

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Owner of Lajitas turns Benefactor
Steve Smith, the owner of Lajitas, has decided that his resort idea will not pan out as hoped.  In a sudden change of heart, he has opted to tear down the town of Lajitas and his new golf course and begin rehabilitating the land to it's pre-ranching era status.  Smith also announced that he will purchase the land between Big Bend National Park and Big Bend Ranch State Park and donate all of this land to the National Park Service once the rehabilitation is complete.  The result will be park land from Fort Leaton in Big Big Ranch State Park to the East end of Black Gap Wildlife Management area.


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Owner of Cibolo Creek Ranch Makes Major Purchase
The owner of the Cibolo Creek Ranch, Jon Poindexter, who not long ago tried to purchase parts of Big Bend Ranch State Park, has decided that his final legacy will be a donation to the public.  In a recent announcment, Poindexter announced that he would purchase all private land tracks within Big Bend Ranch State Park.  This land would then be donated to Big Bend Ranch State Park along with his Cibolo Creek Ranch area.  


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Mexico Announces Completion of International Park
The Mexican Governement recently announced completion of their portion of the International Peace Park in Mexico.  The park, which spans over a million acres, will give people on both sides of the border access to land across the Rio Grande from Black Gap Wildlife Management Area to Big Bend National Park to Big Bend Ranch State Natural Area.


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Department of Homeland Security Announces New Border Crossing
The Department of Homeland Security made a recent announcement that they will be reopening the La Linda bridge to full-service.  In light of recent announcments by the owner of Lajitas to donate that town to the public, and an announcment by Mexico of the completion of a National Park on the Mexican side of the border, the Border Patrol Service will also be opening a full-service border crossing at Lajitas.  This exciting announcement will allow outdoor enthousiasts to enter Mexico at Lajitas and exit at La Linda or vice versa.


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VBB Core of Volunteers Unveils New Trail
David Locke, owner of the highly successful Virtual Big Bend website, has announced that his corps of volunteers has just completed a 150 mile trail that snakes its way through Big Bend Ranch State Park, Big Bend National Park, and Black Gap Wildlife Management Area.  

"The trail", says Locke, "spans some of the most desolate, beautiful land in the lower 48.  Hikers will enjoy this trail, which takes approximately 3-4 weeks to thru-hike, for years to come."


Man, I'd definitely have to move closer to the Bender if these dreams came true.  I'd never run out of stuff to explore.
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« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2006, 04:07:11 PM »
Such news would be sweet, wouldn't it!

We can always dream of it...


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« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2006, 04:50:02 PM »
Hey Randell, you should be a newspaper dude-man! :lol:

I really liked your stories....especial ly the last one about the corps of volunteer trailblazers! :D

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« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2006, 08:40:21 PM »
those headlines are real and Randell is like the guy on that tv show (can't remember the name) where he gets tommorrow's newspaper today....or he is from our future and is just giving us a glimpse of things to come...either way, it's always good to dream...congrats Randell well presented==you should be a writer if you are not. :idea:

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« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2006, 09:55:00 PM »
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ShaneA of East Texas is tonights big winner in Lotto Texas and has taken home $8,000,000.00 with the cash option and after taxes.  ShaneA didn't show up for work the next morning, nor the next, nor the next.  In fact, ShaneA never showed up for work again!  ShaneA has purchased him a small spread of land in the West Texas Trans Pecos Big Bend  Region where he is building a house modeled after Fort Leaton.  It will be a club house for all of his Bender freinds.  He will split his time between East and West Texas.  He plans on opening up a small cantina on the edge of BIBE on the East side of the park, where he will ring the bell every afternoon as the sun sets and treat the guests to free cervazas as the sun descends below the Chisos.  

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« Reply #5 on: March 30, 2006, 04:39:44 AM »
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ShaneA of East Texas is tonights big winner in Lotto Texas and has taken home $8,000,000.00 with the cash option and after taxes.  ShaneA didn't show up for work the next morning, nor the next, nor the next.  In fact, ShaneA never showed up for work again!  ShaneA has purchased him a small spread of land in the West Texas Trans Pecos Big Bend  Region where he is building a house modeled after Fort Leaton.  It will be a club house for all of his Bender freinds.  He will split his time between East and West Texas.  He plans on opening up a small cantina on the edge of BIBE on the East side of the park, where he will ring the bell every afternoon as the sun sets and treat the guests to free cervazas as the sun descends below the Chisos.  


I'm not greedy, but hows about sending me $500K of your winnings for some pocket change!
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Offline Roger, Roger

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« Reply #6 on: March 30, 2006, 08:04:55 AM »
I don't mean to flame, but I think the purchase of Cibollo Creek by Poindexter was the best thing to ever happen to that ranch.  I don't see how giving it to the State would increase the current access, since it's basically open to the public as it is.  And unless someone wants to use their lottery winnings to fund a permanent endowment for the land, I think its best use is exactly where it is...in the capable hands of a good steward with deep pockets.  Poindexter has stated that he spent more $ per acre clearing greasewood and re-seeding native grasses than he did to purchase the ranch in the first place.  Things like that don't happen when the State owns the land.  It's unfortunate, but Texas won't allocate the funds.  So in my opinion, it's better off where it is.  Lajitas, well that's a somewhat different story.  Although I do applaud Smith's efforts to remove the salt cedar along the river, which was not a cheap or easy proposition.  Anyway, sorry for the rant...

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« Reply #7 on: March 30, 2006, 09:43:02 AM »
My take on Poindexter was that he's genuinely interested in restoring the land and in preservation, but not all of his methods have been completely kosher.  His PR skills could use some work.  Of course, it's hard to tell what's really going on when all you have is today's media for info.  I'd like to see him purchase all of the inholdings in BBRSP and then come talk about a land swap/purchase, only going through the proper channels.

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« Reply #8 on: March 30, 2006, 11:32:09 AM »
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I don't mean to flame, but I think the purchase of Cibollo Creek by Poindexter was the best thing to ever happen to that ranch.  I don't see how giving it to the State would increase the current access, since it's basically open to the public as it is.  And unless someone wants to use their lottery winnings to fund a permanent endowment for the land, I think its best use is exactly where it is...in the capable hands of a good steward with deep pockets.  Poindexter has stated that he spent more $ per acre clearing greasewood and re-seeding native grasses than he did to purchase the ranch in the first place.  Things like that don't happen when the State owns the land.  It's unfortunate, but Texas won't allocate the funds.  So in my opinion, it's better off where it is.  Lajitas, well that's a somewhat different story.  Although I do applaud Smith's efforts to remove the salt cedar along the river, which was not a cheap or easy proposition.  Anyway, sorry for the rant...


Actually, part of the imaginary news item that I was going to include, but forgot, was that Poindexter would provide funding to BBRSP to rehabilitate all of BBRSP.

Is the ranch currently open to the public?  Can I just drive in there and go hiking on the trails and camp?
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« Reply #9 on: March 30, 2006, 12:02:32 PM »
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Can I just drive in there and go hiking on the trails and camp?


That was a good one...you can't do that on much of the state-owned land in West Texas.

Would you let the general public drive around and camp out on your personal property?

If you pay the fee (which in this case is the cost of the accomodations for a night), you can hike anywhere you want.  I think that's about as much as you can expect on private property.

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« Reply #10 on: March 30, 2006, 12:16:29 PM »
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I don't see how giving it to the State would increase the current access, since it's basically open to the public as it is.


So, it's basically open to the paying public - the public with very deep pockets.   :lol:

It's Poindexters land and he can do pretty much with it as he sees fit.  I have NO problem with that.  I truly believe in private ownership of land and DO NOT believe that private land should be subverted for "general public use" through immenent domain - for sports stadiums, casinos, etc.  I'm not against Poindexter per say, he's probably a much better steward, from what I've read, than Steve Smith over in Lajitias.  At least he is not watering an 18 hole championship golf course.   BUT, by the same token I'm vemonently opposed to the "underhanded/behind closed doors" sale of BBRSP that almost took place last year - which was truly legal at the time - "Land Sale:  Presidio County".  Everything needs to be on the table.  Poindexter should have no more "right" to that land than anyone else - market economy in action - the law of supply & demand.  Let the market forces determine the value of the land to the highest bidder, if TPWD wants to sell that land off.  I don't believe that Poindexter is entitled to a "right of first refusal" just because he is an adjacant land owner.   Poindexter, I'm still waiting for that job offer of six figures plus to be your PR man and help you be a steward of the land!  

If anyone is truly concerned about State Funding for TPWD and the future of OUR state parks, I'll see you next Friday in Houston @ UofH Downtown for a forum on this very topic.  I talked with Evelyn Merz of the Houston Chapter of the Sierra Club this morning and so for 80+ concerned citizens have registered and a number of legislatures and their aides will be there as well.  Registration form is @ http://texas.sierraclub.org/events/Parks/ForumRegistration.pdf

Please "don't" puff up your nose just because this is put on by the Sierra Club.  Personally, I don't "agree" with all of the Sierra Club's politics and policies, but this is one area that I am passionate about.  It's possible to "agree to disagree agreeably".  I joined the Sierra Club last year for the sole purpose of helping to fight the sale of BBRSP property to Poindexter.  Since then, I have become involved deeply with the fight for more funds for TPWD and to help preserve/protect/defend the State Parks of Texas.

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« Reply #11 on: March 30, 2006, 12:21:16 PM »
That's why I would like the property to be part of BBRSP.  So I don't have to pay a couple hundred bucks per night to go camping.  

Of course, the state parks are underfunded, but that is another imaginary news item:

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State Announced New Park Funding
Texas has announced that it will allow Texas Parks to keep all camping entrance fees instead of only a portion of the profit they generate.  In addition, profits from hunting and fishing licenses will also go to support park lands.  This announcement is a boon to the Texas State Parks program.  


Shoot, if the state would just allow the parks to have ALL of the money from the sporting goods sales tax (that was initiated to raise money for parks), they would get 100 million per year versus the 32 million they get now.

I don't have anything against Poindexter owning the land he does.  I'd like to own it myself.  But I don't and therefore, in my perfect world, it would be a part of the park so I can go exploring without paying $$$ that I don't have.

Actually, in my perfect world, I'd just own the land and have the money to do what I wanted with it!
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« Reply #12 on: March 31, 2006, 09:19:30 PM »
I think Poindexter's a helluva guy. Kinda pointy-headed but well intentioned.  I do regret that along with the greasewood he bulldozed numerous archeological sites on his property. Shame.

 


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