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TPWD News Release — June 19, 2006

Meeting Set on Lease of New Outdoor Recreation Land

CROWELL, Texas — The general public is invited to attend and provide comments on the proposed lease to Foard and Hardeman Counties of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lands known as the Crowell Brine Lake property. The 12,000-acre parcel of land is located northwest of the Town of Crowell in Foard County and is currently managed by the Corps as part of the Red River Chloride Control Project.

A meeting to collect public comments and explain the proposed lease will start at 6 p.m., Tue., June27 at the Crowell State Bank conference room.

The proposal is to lease the 12,000 acres of land to the counties for a variety of public use activities including fishing, hunting, wildlife observation, hiking and other outdoor uses. The counties will form a partnership which will take over day-to-day management of the land with the objective of providing increased public recreational opportunities on this property. Their management proposal includes a request to charge user fees for the various activities that will be permitted on the property.

For more information on the proposal and the meeting, call John Tennery with the Corps of Engineers at (918) 669-7406 or Foard County Judge Charlie Bell at (940) 684-1424.