After Proposing Land Swap, State to Pay Dallas Homebuilder $13 Mil for Devils River Land
|Texas Parks and Wildlife Department|
But folks were incensed at the proposal, which is why the TPWD postponed the transaction in early November. Since then, nothing. Till today: TWPD sent a release this afternoon announcing that the state is buying Sanders's land outright for $13 million, with other money going toward land upkeep:
TPWD will use $10.1 million in private donations, $2.7 million in state funds allocated for park land acquisition and $1.3 million in federal Land and Water Conservation Fund dollars to acquire the property. The donations also will cover operating expenses for two-and-a-half years as well as development of a master plan for joint public use of the ranch and the Devils River State Natural Area, 12.7 miles upstream.Note: The release doesn't name Sanders. Says a TWPD spokesman, who can't "officially" confirm the deal's with Sanders, as the property owner -- whoever he may be, ahem -- asked his name be kept out the announcement. Says the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club: "The acquisition of the Devils River Ranch, while retaining the existing State Natural Area, is a wonderful holiday gift for the people of Texas."