Presenter: Ted Hollingsworth

Commission Agenda Item No. 25
Land Donation - Bastrop County
Bastrop State Park
August 23, 2007

I. Executive Summary: Staff recommends acceptance of a donation of approximately 128 acres of pine oak forest and pasture land adjacent to Bastrop State Park.

II. Discussion: Over the past five years, staff has systematically evaluated undeveloped lands adjacent to Bastrop State Park for recreational and biological value, including the suitability of habitat for the endangered Houston Toad, and for willing sellers. Several tracts have been added to the park, both through purchases and through donations.

The largest remaining tract that meets these criteria is approximately 128 acres on the east side of the park, consisting partly of indigenous pine oak forest and partly of grazing pastures. The presence of two permanent ponds, wetland areas and Alum Creek make the property biologically diverse and suitable habitat for the endangered Houston Toad. The tract falls entirely within the critical toad habitat area defined by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

This tract was authorized for acceptance by the TPW Commission in August 2005, but the transaction was delayed while issues involving the owners were resolved. Considering the delay, staff felt it appropriate to brief the Commission and re-present the action item. No additional staff will be required for the management and operation of the additional acreage.

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

"The Executive Director is authorized to take all necessary steps to accept the donation of 128-acres of land for addition to Bastrop State Park."

Attachments – 1

  1. Exhibit A – Site Map

Commission Agenda Item No. 25
Exhibit A

Map Showing Subject 128-Acre Tract Adjacent to Bastrop State Park

Location of subject tract in relation to Bastrop State Park

For help in interpreting this map, please contact Ted Hollingsworth.