Big Bend National Park Cactus in front of Chisos mountain range. Photo Credit: Jennifer M. Ramos/Getty Imagegs

Environment USA26. December 2022

Owners Sell Their Land… to Conservation

Located in Texas, the United States, near the border with Mexico, the Big Bend National Park will soon expand by 1,544 hectares after a local family sold their unused land in the name of conservation, benefiting ecosystems and biodiversity alike.

“All of the precious resources included in that space, I think, create a very important addition to the park,” states Loren Riemer, executive director and CEO of the Big Bend Conservancy.

Big Bend Conservancy raised $780,000 to acquire the Fulcher family’s nearby plot covering 1,544 hectares. The nonprofit is working in partnership with government officials to help Big Bend National Park to expand its 323,748-hectare area by adding a total of 2,428 hectares of nearby unused private plots. Previously used for ranching, the new addition could host a cottonwood restoration project to help native gray hawks and yellow-billed cuckoos thrive, and the endangered minnow which lives in Terlingua Creek. Big Bend’s expansion is featured in Netflix’s Our Great National Parks narrated by former U.S. president Barrack Obama.

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