HOUSTON (AP) — In a story Aug. 21 about a new state park planned for southeast Texas, The Associated Press erroneously reported the amount of money from a BP and Transocean fund that was used to buy the land. It was $34.5 million, not $32 million. The AP also misidentified the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's executive director, Carter Smith, as the head of its nonprofit fundraising partner, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation. Lastly, it was the state agency, not the foundation, that estimated that as much as 99 percent of Texas' coastal plain has been lost to agriculture or animal grazing.
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Ecologists team up to buy Texas bayside ranch
Conservationists team up to buy Texas bayside ranch with $30M from BP's 2010 oil spill fund
HOUSTON (AP) — A sprawling private ranch in southeast Texas will be converted into a state park with the assistance of a fund created in the wake of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation announced Thursday.
The $37.7 million purchase of the Powderhorn Ranch, 75 miles northeast of Corpus Christi, is the highest price ever paid for a Texas conservation project and the biggest land acquisition so far using BP spill restoration dollars.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department said it has been talking for more than three decades with the Conservation Fund, the Nature Conservancy and other groups on how to acquire the ranch.
Some $34.5 million came from a fund created by BP and Transocean following the Macondo well blowout on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig that killed 11 people and caused the largest marine oil spill in history. Additional funds were raised for habitat restoration and management and a long-term endowment. The Conservation Fund and the Nature Conservancy of Texas each provided $10 million, and the balance of the $50 million project will be provided by the foundation and from private donors.
Dan Friedkin, chairman emeritus of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission and the billionaire owner and chairman of Gulf States Toyota, said the acquisition also creates an "exciting new recreational opportunity" for hunting, fishing and bird-watching.
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