Devil's River Deal Not Quite Done BY TP&W

By: AP
By: AP

HOUSTON (AP) - The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission has
directed staff to buy land for a state park along the state's last
"wild" river.

But the commission decided on Thursday to hold off, for now, on
a contentious land deal near the Devils River, a pristine West
Texas waterway along the Mexican border.

Commission chairman Peter Holt says the board decided to hold
off on the deal that would have required the state to swap a
20,000-acre "natural area" plus $8 million for a 17,000-acre
tract owned by a Dallas businessman at the more accessible lower
end of the waterway.

Holt says stakeholders and landowners expressed reservations
about the deal. Yet the debate highlighted the importance of
allowing the public to see and enjoy the Devils River.

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