South of Lubbock, an approximately 15-square-mile parcel of land has been designated a piece of public land. Public lands are protected from development, sprawl, and cultivation in order to preserve the natural landscape.In addition, two other tracts, both down in Calhoun County on Matagorda Bay, will also be designated public lands.
“This past month, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission voted to accept from The Nature Conservancy of Texas a 10,635 acre tract of land about 40 miles southwest of Lubbock that will, when joined with about 4,000 acres acquired earlier with the help of The Nature Conservancy and The Conservation Fund, create the 14,000-plus-acre Yoakum Dunes Wildlife Management Area.” –Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle
(This sambar, one a species of deer brought over from India in the 1930’s, is one resident of the public lands who will benefit. Photo by Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle.)