Texas State University to Manage Christmas Mountains

A mountainous tract of West Texas land that has been a point of contention between the General Land Office and environmental groups will serve a new purpose — a research and educational area for university students.

Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson announced today that the Christmas Mountains, a remote 9,269-acre property in Brewster County that adjoins Big Bend National Park, will be transferred to the Texas State University System. The agreement, which is yet to be finalized, stemmed from conversations between the two agencies that began several months ago.

“The transfer not only accomplishes my goal of ensuring conservation ...

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