Tribpedia: General Land Office

The General Land Office is the state agency responsible for managing land and natural resources in the state’s public domain, which totals 20.3 million acres of land and mineral-rights properties. It includes beaches, bays, estuaries and other "submerged" lands out to 10.3 miles in the Gulf of Mexico, as well as grazing lands in West Texas, timberlands in ...

Analysis: Bush Takes One Step Forward, One Step Back

Land Commissioner George P. Bush and Phillips Entertainment President and CEO Davis Phillips discuss the new proposals to the Alamo District.
Land Commissioner George P. Bush and Phillips Entertainment President and CEO Davis Phillips discuss the new proposals to the Alamo District.

The state's new land commissioner is trying to put some points on the political board. He succeeded in doing that last week with the state's purchase of buildings near the Alamo. But he erased some points as well with comments on a conference call with some of his father's supporters.

Paul McGuire, with the federal Bureau of Land Management, speaks with landowners in Clay County on April 28, 2014.
Paul McGuire, with the federal Bureau of Land Management, speaks with landowners in Clay County on April 28, 2014.

George P. Bush Wades into Red River Fight with Feds

The Texas land commissioner on Tuesday asked to joined seven North Texas families in a federal lawsuit that accuses the U.S. Bureau of Land Management of perpetuating an “arbitrary seizure” of land along a 116-mile strip of the river, whose changing course has fueled a century’s worth of property disputes along the state’s border with Oklahoma.

A gas well last fracked in March sits less than 400 feet from a home in Denton, which just became Texas' first city to ban fracking.
A gas well last fracked in March sits less than 400 feet from a home in Denton, which just became Texas' first city to ban fracking.

Texas Drops Suit Over Dead Denton Fracking Ban

The Texas General Land Office has dropped its lawsuit against the city’s obliterated ban on hydraulic fracturing and moratorium on new gas drilling, officially resolving all litigation over the North Texas city's vote, which made international headlines.  

 

 

George P. Bush is sworn in Jan. 2, 2015 as Texas land commissioner as dad Jeb Bush and wife Amanda look on.
George P. Bush is sworn in Jan. 2, 2015 as Texas land commissioner as dad Jeb Bush and wife Amanda look on.

Bush: Time Spent on Father's Campaign "Nominal"

Land Commissioner George P. Bush said Sunday he has put his "heart and soul" into his job amid questions about how much time he has spent working to elect his father president. Bush said he was "extremely disappointed" with a report that concluded he "has been out of the state or otherwise off of work nearly half of the time since his father" joined the 2016 presidential campaign.

Then-Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson told an audience about his political plans at a Texas Tribune event on Feb. 14, 2013.
Then-Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson told an audience about his political plans at a Texas Tribune event on Feb. 14, 2013.

Patterson to George P. Bush: Focus Less on "Derriere"

Upset about the way a recent state audit painted the agency he lead for 12 years, former Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson is jabbing his successor, George P. Bush, for failing to push back against the audit’s findings.

 

George P. Bush is all smiles as his mother, Columba, father, Jeb, and wife, Amanda, applaud during Bush's swearing in as Texas Land Commissioner on Jan. 2, 2015.
George P. Bush is all smiles as his mother, Columba, father, Jeb, and wife, Amanda, applaud during Bush's swearing in as Texas Land Commissioner on Jan. 2, 2015.

George P. Bush on Cruz: "We Can Still Be Friends"

Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush sat down with The Texas Tribune on Thursday for a wide-ranging interview covering U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, the health of Bush's grandfather, former President George H.W. Bush, the controversy surrounding his office and the Alamo, and what it’s like, as a Mexican-American Republican whose father is running for president, to hear Donald Trump’s incendiary remarks on undocumented workers.

Phil Collins with his collection of Alamo artifacts at his home in Switzerland.
Phil Collins with his collection of Alamo artifacts at his home in Switzerland.

Budget Deal Includes $25 Million Boost for Alamo

Budget writers have added some last-minute cash for the Alamo to spiff up the Texas shrine and its surroundings, in large part to ensure that the state holds on to a collection of Alamo artifacts from British music legend Phil Collins.

Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush poses in front of Alamo with singer Phil Collins and actor Bill Paxton following a preview event of the 10-part series Texas Rising on May 18th, 2015.
Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush poses in front of Alamo with singer Phil Collins and actor Bill Paxton following a preview event of the 10-part series Texas Rising on May 18th, 2015.

George P. Bush Headlines Red Carpet Alamo Event

A Lone Star-studded audience including Land Commissioner George P. Bush and Cecilia Abbott, the first lady of Texas, got a sneak preview of the new miniseries Texas Rising at a red-carpet fundraising event Monday night at the Alamo.

George P. Bush is sworn in Jan. 2, 2015 as Texas land commissioner as dad Jeb Bush and wife Amanda look on.
George P. Bush is sworn in Jan. 2, 2015 as Texas land commissioner as dad Jeb Bush and wife Amanda look on.

With New Land Commissioner, a New Era for Bushes

Big names in state and national politics gathered in the Texas Senate chamber Friday to welcome George P. Bush, the state's new land commissioner, into the family business. The 38-year-old former investment consultant said that he would “practice the politics of aspiration" in his new post.

 

Land Commissioner candidate George P. Bush greets the Republican crowd in Fort Worth on June 5, 2014.
Land Commissioner candidate George P. Bush greets the Republican crowd in Fort Worth on June 5, 2014.

All Eyes on Land Office if George P. Bush Wins

The once-obscure General Land Office has gained national attention now that George P. Bush wants to run it. If he wins, its functions — from managing oil and gas leases to dealing with rising sea levels and maintaining historical treasures — are sure to get more scrutiny. 

A field of corn in the Texas Panhandle
A field of corn in the Texas Panhandle

Texas Sees Significant Decline in Rural Land

Texas is losing more farm, ranch and forest land than any other state, according to recent data. That has implications for water resources, which scientists say are better retained by undeveloped land. The data, from the Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources, also shows that land is becoming more expensive. Use these maps to see the changes for individual counties.

State lawmakers, including Reps. Debbie Riddle, David Simpson and Stephanie Klick listen to a local landowner explain how he lost his land in Clay County to the Bureau of Land Management.
State lawmakers, including Reps. Debbie Riddle, David Simpson and Stephanie Klick listen to a local landowner explain how he lost his land in Clay County to the Bureau of Land Management.

State Officials, Lawmakers Take Aim at BLM Dispute

After a presentation in Clay County on Red River land that's the subject of a dispute with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, Texas officials and lawmakers sought to reassure Texans who have managed some of the land for decades.

A view of the Red River looking east, north of Bonham, Texas. Texas is to the right, and Oklahoma is on the left. The border between the two states runs along the south (right) bank of the river.
A view of the Red River looking east, north of Bonham, Texas. Texas is to the right, and Oklahoma is on the left. The border between the two states runs along the south (right) bank of the river.

AG Seeks Details on Federal Plans for Land by Red River

Texas officials are seeking more information on the federal government's plans to potentially take control of 90,000 acres of land long managed by North Texans. 

A barge loaded with marine fuel oil sits partially submerged in the Houston Ship Channel on March 22, 2014.
A barge loaded with marine fuel oil sits partially submerged in the Houston Ship Channel on March 22, 2014.

Despite Galveston Spill, Gulf Beaches Getting Cleaner

The tanker collision that sent up to 168,000 gallons of fuel oil into Galveston Bay on Saturday has stirred major concerns about environmental impacts. But even as tar balls wash ashore this week, Texas’ beaches are far cleaner than they were decades ago.