State to Sell Pristine Prairie Near Fort Worth

Monday, Jul 15, 2013  |  Updated 6:32 AM CDT
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State to Sell Pristine Prairie Near Fort Worth

Greg Janda

The General Land Office is scheduled the sale of what community activists say one of the few patches of remaining North Texas prairie untouched by a plow.

Jarid Manos has been leading an effort to buy from the state agency the 2,000 acres of prairie south of Fort Worth for preservation in its natural state.

Time has run out. The General Land Office has placed the sale of the land on its Tuesday agenda, eight years after buying it for $21 million.

Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson tells the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that he sympathizes with Manos. However, he says his duty is to make money for the Permanent School Fund from the sale of state land.

The land is near Benbrook Lake 18 miles southwest of downtown Fort Worth.
 

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