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 ...

Alamo Dig Yields Colonial Wall Remnants

An archaeologist points to recently-discovered Spanish colonial era adobe bricks.
An archaeologist points to recently-discovered Spanish colonial era adobe bricks.

Spanish colonial adobe bricks discovered at a dig site in downtown San Antonio's Alamo Plaza may have comprised part of the mission's original western wall, researchers announced Monday.

State Reps Todd Hunter, Lyle Larson and Chris Turner listen as representatives of the State Auditor's Office testify before the House Committee on General Investigating and Ethics July 12, 2016.  The committee is investigating the use by state agencies of emergency leave and settlement payments to departing employees.
State Reps Todd Hunter, Lyle Larson and Chris Turner listen as representatives of the State Auditor's Office testify before the House Committee on General Investigating and Ethics July 12, 2016. The committee is investigating the use by state agencies of emergency leave and settlement payments to departing employees.

Lawmakers Ask Whether Agencies Abused Emergency Leave Policy

Lawmakers peppered policy experts with questions about whether state agencies who keep departing employees on the state payroll by placing them on "emergency leave" violated state law, during a hearing on Tuesday. 

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.  

 

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.

Three former Texas land commissioners — (l-r) Jerry Patterson, Bob Armstrong and Garry Mauro — at the swearing-in ceremony of Land Commissioner George P. Bush on Jan. 2, 2015. Armstrong, 82, died March 1, 2015.
Three former Texas land commissioners — (l-r) Jerry Patterson, Bob Armstrong and Garry Mauro — at the swearing-in ceremony of Land Commissioner George P. Bush on Jan. 2, 2015. Armstrong, 82, died March 1, 2015.

Former Land Commissioner Bob Armstrong Dies at 82

Bob Armstrong died Sunday night at age 82. He served as land commissioner for 12 years, and later at the U.S. Department of the Interior. "He was a lover of Texas," says one of his successors. 

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. 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 on Monday sought to reassure Texans who have managed some of the land for decades.