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Lake Meredith National Recreation Area, TX (2018)

National Park Trust completed a project to preserve​ an archaeological area containing evidence of the Antelope Creek people, a Native American tribe. The acquisition and donation of this 3-acre property will enhance the open space and views of a nearby trail, and the enjoyment of individuals who hike to the mesa in which the parcel is located. With this land acquisition, there are no further inholdings or private landowners within the recreation area.

Lake Meredith National Recreation Area (TX)

At Lake Meredith National Recreation Area (TX), National Park Trust worked to preserve an archaeological area containing evidence of the Antelope Creek people, a Native American tribe. The 3-acre property is part of a contiguous area of prehistoric and archaeological resources dating back more than 13,000 years. In addition to evidence of the Antelope Creek people, the recreation area’s cultural resources consist of village sites and approximately 700 quarry pits and 552 archaeological sites. These cultural resources, combined with various natural mesa views and a naturally occurring seasonal spring and recreational opportunities for the area’s visitors are important resources to be protected by the purchase of these remaining inholdings.

The acquisition and donation of these properties enhanced the open space and views of a nearby trail, and the enjoyment of individuals who hike to the mesa in which the parcel is located. Purchasing these parcels completed the final pieces of landscape connectivity within the park and gain land management efficiencies through the designation that there are no further inholdings or private landowners within the recreation area. Everything within the legislated boundaries is considered complete and final per the original vision and intent of Congress.

#FrankFriday – Big Bend National Park

“There is no experience I know of that can rival the feeling of watching the sun come up over the horizon, spilling its golden light across the landscape of our National Parks and capturing that moment with a camera. To me…this is the best thing in the world.”

~ Frank Lee Ruggles, Artist Ambassador

Big Bend National Park, Texas #FrankFriday

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Going BIG at Big Thicket National Preserve

Mid-October was all about Texas! I recently headed to southeast Texas to explore Big Thicket National Preserve with my 4th-grade friends from Hartsfield Elementary in Houston and Ehrhart School in Beaumont. Their trips were made possible thanks to National Park Service (NPS) Centennial Challenge funds. Thank you NPS!

 

The students went on NPS ranger-led hikes along the Sundew Trail, where they learned about the vast and diverse habitats that make up Big Thicket, including the threatened longleaf pine forests. They also learned about food webs and the different roles that animals and plants play in ecosystems. The students had such a good time that many were asking the rangers about visiting the park again with their families. Now that’s what Buddy Bison likes to hear!