This is a followup on the earlier story on the Texas state school land board’s attempt to sell the Christmas Mountains (given to them 16 years ago as a gift). They are adjacent to Big Bend National Park.

Story: Action delayed in land dispute. Board declines to accept a bid for the Christmas Mountains site. By Gary Scharrer. Houston Chronicle Austin Bureau

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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is President of the Western Watersheds Project.

One Response to Texas school land board delays action on Christmas Mountains

  1. avatar Monty says:

    Good news, the “public voice” is being heard. So now it is up to the park sevice to make an offer within 90 days. I don’t know how much 9200 acres may be worth in this part of “wild dry” Texas. So the question remains, does the park sevice have the authority & $’s to purchase the land? We can only hope.

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