Presenter: Corky Kuhlmann

Commission Agenda Item No. 8
Land Donation – Bastrop County
Bastrop State Park
April 5, 2007

I. Executive Summary: Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation (TPWF) will acquire 36.245 acres adjacent to Bastrop State Park (BSP) with the intention of donating this acreage to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD). The property has excellent recreational potential and habitat for the endangered Houston toad.

II. Discussion: Approximately 36.245 acres of land have been offered for sale adjacent to BSP. TPWF has negotiated a contract to purchase the property. Upon acquiring this property, TPWF will donate the tract to TPWD. The property has 0.80 of a mile of boundary in common with BSP (see Exhibit A). The vegetation cover is native pine-oak forest. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service designated the tract as known Houston toad habitat. The location and attributes of the tract make it manageable by existing park staff, and offer potential for expanding public outdoor recreation opportunities in the future, to the extent this does not adversely impact toad habitat.

III. Recommendation: The staff recommends the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission adopt the following motion:

"The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission authorizes the Executive Director to take all necessary steps to acquire by donation approximately 36.245 acres in Bastrop County as addition to Bastrop State Park."

Attachments – 1
  1. Exhibit A – Site Map

Commission Agenda Item No. 8
Exhibit A

Subject Property Outlined in Red Below

Location of subject tract in relation to Bastrop State Park

For help in interpreting this map, please contact Corky Kuhlmann.