City Council Adds More Property to Nature Center

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The Nature Center is expanding! The Fort Worth City Council recently voted to acquire more land for the Nature Center.
Front entry sign at the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge
Front entry sign at the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge. Photo by FWNC&R Staff.

The City Council this week agreed to acquire 29.511 acres of undeveloped land at 8900 Jacksboro Highway to provide additional natural prairie parkland at the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge.

The property, purchased for $3.1 million, will be integrated into the facility as outlined in the Nature Center Master Plan approved by the City Council in 2003. Land use recommendations in the Master Plan recommend acquiring property along Jacksboro Highway.

Map of land being acquired adjacent to the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge
The newly acquired property fronts Jacksboro Highway and protects the Nature Center from future development. Photo courtesy of the City of Fort Worth.

“The Fort Worth Nature Center is one of the largest urban nature parks in the country at more than 3,600 acres and 21 miles of hiking trails,” said Haily Summerford, executive director of the Friends of the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge. “Purchasing this land will not only prevent development from occurring adjacent to one of the bison pastures but also conserve wildlife habitat within the city limits in one of the fastest-growing cities in the country.”

“The Friends are extremely grateful to Dennis Shingleton and Councilmember Leonard Firestone for their support and leadership of this land acquisition and City Manager David Cooke for the Open Space Conservation Program that helped make this purchase possible,” Summerford said.

Funding for the acquisition will come from the Open Space Conservation Program. The acquisition helps preserve the important habitat, ecosystem services, and recreational opportunities provided by the Nature Center.

This article was originally published in Fort Worth City News. View the original article here.

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