Public invited to comment on plans for new West Texas park

A meeting to discuss proposed plans for Chinati State Natural Area is set for Wednesday. CONTRIBUTED/Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

 

More wide open West Texas space to explore?

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department officials will present initial plans for the future development of Chinati Mountains State Natural Area at a public meeting in Austin on Wednesday.

The 38,137-acre Chinati Mountains State Natural Area lies south of Pinto Canyon Road and immediately west of the high peaks of the range, according to a Texas Parks and Wildlife webpage. No opening date has been set, but officials say a public use plan will be complete by 2018 and the agency is working to acquire land for public access to the park from FM 170.

Officials will share maps and explain proposed facilities and recreational use of the site at the meeting, scheduled for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Lower Colorado River Authority headquarters, 3700 Lake Austin Boulevard. They’ll also collect public input for the planning department. A public question and answer period will follow the presentation.

The 38,137-acre Chinati Mountains State Natural Area lies south of Pinto Canyon Road in West Texas. CONTRIBUTED/Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

 

Meetings have already taken place in Marfa and Presidio.

The public is encouraged to comment in person at the public meeting, or by mail or email. Send letters to Justin Fleury, Lead Park Planner, Austin Headquarters, 4200 Smith School Road, Austin, Texas, 78744 or Nathaneal Gold, Big Bend Ranch State Park Complex Manager, 21800 FM 170, Terlingua, TX, 79852. Send email to Justin.fleury@tpwd.texas.gov or Nathanael.gold@tpwd.texas.gov. Deadline for public comment is April 1.

For more information about Chinati Mountains State Natural Area, visit the TPWD website.

No opening date has been set.

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