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Public Land Threatened: Christmas Mountains Ranch


Christmas Mountains
Location of Christmas Mountains Ranch

The State of Texas wants to sell a public wilderness area, the 9,270-acre Christmas Mountains Ranch, to the highest private bidder before the end of the year. Covenants held by The Conservation Foundation on the land require approval of any sale to a party other than federal or state parks.

The National Park Service (NPS) wants to acquire the Ranch, but the Texas Land Commissioner has declared the covenants unenforceable, and won't sell the Christmas Mountains to the NPS unless they allow hunting. Public outcry caused the auction to be delayed until after Christmas.

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