Developer and philanthropist Gordon Hartman announced Thursday that his nonprofit is creating a camp on the far-North Side to offer people with special needs an outdoor experience they’d otherwise not have. Hartman has amassed $20 million in contributions, including $15 million from Valero, to make the camp a reality. It will be built on about 97 acres north of Loop 1604 and east of U.S. 281, near the private golf course, TPC San Antonio. On ExpressNews.com: City Council expected to approve land deal near Morgan’s The announcement came just hours before the Valero Texas Open golf tournament was set to begin. Morgan’s Wonderland is a one-of-a-kind amusement park developed by Hartman in honor of his daughter with special needs, and Morgan’s Wonderland Camp will be an extension of it, offering “ultra-accessible” outdoor experience to people with special needs. But both Morgan’s Wonderland and the associated camp are for people without special … [Read more...] about Morgan’s Wonderland Camp to be inclusive fun on San Antonio’s North Side
Sale of conservation easement
As many as 1,000 homes won’t be built on land near the private TPC San Antonio golf course as a result of an $8.5 million deal designed to protect the Edwards Aquifer. The City Council today is expected to approve the purchase of about 151.7 acres from Morgan’s Wonderland Camp. The nonprofit is associated with Morgan’s Wonderland, the North Side theme park for people with special needs started by Gordon Hartman in honor of his daughter. The city would also buy a conservation easement on another 96.6 acres from the same nonprofit. The land would still owned by the nonprofit, but the easement allows the city to limit development on the site. The 248 acres will be the latest acquisition under the city’s long-running Edwards Aquifer Protection Program, approved by voters and funded by a sales tax. So far, the program has restricted construction on 157,543 acres, or 246 square miles — more than half the size of San Antonio — that is above the aquifer and … [Read more...] about San Antonio City Council is expected to approve an $8.5 million land deal on far North Side
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, CA - MARCH 21: Justin Garland, a project manager for the Peninsula Open Space Trust, visits the Valencia Creek Redwoods between Aptos and Corralitos, Calif., Thursday, March 22, 2019. (Karl Mondon /Bay Area News Group) DAVENPORT, CA - MARCH 21: Mill workers sort lumber at Big Creek Lumber Company in Davenport, Calif., Thursday, March 22, 2019. (Karl Mondon /Bay Area News Group) Sound The gallery will resume inseconds SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, CA - MARCH 21: No hunting signs surround an old growth redwood stump as the Peninsula Open Space Trust visits the Valencia Creek Redwoods near Corralitos, Calif., Thursday, March 22, 2019. (Karl Mondon /Bay Area News Group) SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, CA - MARCH 21: Redwood tree stumps provide a host for rich green plants growing in the Valencia Creek Redwoods forest near Corralitos, Calif., Thursday, March 22, 2019. (Karl Mondon /Bay Area News Group) DAVENPORT, CA - MARCH 21: Janet McCrary Webb, president of Big Creek … [Read more...] about Nearly 1,000 acres of redwood forests in the Santa Cruz Mountains preserved in $11.7 million deal
Colorado’s public lands are a major economic force in the state, but hundreds of square miles of federal land are inaccessible to the hikers, anglers and hunters who use them. More than 269,000 acres of federal public lands in Colorado are essentially inaccessible to the public because they are surrounded by private property, lack a public road to the area or are blocked off because of a parceling system from the railroad era, a recent study found. That’s about 450 square miles — an area slightly bigger than Rocky Mountain National Park. About 80 percent of the inaccessible parcels belongs to the Bureau of Land Management and another 36,000 acres belong to the U.S. Forest Service, according to the assessment by the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership and onX, a Missoula-based mapping company that created an app that helps hunters navigate land ownership. Not only are those lands important to backcountry enthusiasts but also to Colorado’s expanding … [Read more...] about Large swaths of federal public land in Colorado are inaccessible. Here’s why.
Both Boulder and Weld counties own a substantial amount of mineral rights, but how they are viewed and used by the respective local governments couldn’t be more different. Boulder County sees its mineral rights — and the initiative to acquire more with new land purchases — as protective measures against new oil and gas drilling projects by private companies, despite receiving more than $1.7 million over the past five years in royalties from drilling operators harvesting the county’s hydrocarbons. That revenue, which doesn’t include taxes on oil and gas production and sales, is used by Boulder County’s Parks and Open Space Department to manage its agricultural properties. It isn’t the money, however, the county is after when looking to add to its mineral ownership. But the strategy of gaining mineral rights with land can beineffective at safeguarding against new drilling. “Whenever possible, the county purchases the mineral rights attached … [Read more...] about Boulder, Weld differ greatly with intents for respective mineral ownerships