Alpine, Texas, Photo by Dave Hensley, Wikimedia Creative Commons
Words to Remember
Lyndon B. Johnson
“Once our natural splendor is destroyed, it can never be recaptured. And once man can no longer walk with beauty or wonder at nature, his spirit will wither and his sustenance be wasted.”
“We will return, someday, and when we do, the gritty splendor and the complicated grandeur of Big Bend will still be here.”
Unknown Mexican Vaquero
You go south from Fort Davis until you come to the place where rainbows wait for rain, where the river is kept in a big stone box and water runs uphill, and the mountains float in air, except at night when they go away to play with other mountains.
George Meléndez Wright, the first true ecologist for the National Park Service and an integral part of a bi-national commission that drafted plans for Big Bend National Park in 1936. “I believe that future generations will be grateful for the tracts of primitive area, or wilderness, which we can save in our national parks without hindering our own pleasure in the least”
Alpine City Council supports Keep Big Bend Wild
COUNTY OF BREWSTER, TEXAS
A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF ALPINE, TEXAS SUPPORTING THE WILDERNESS DESIGNATION FOR UNDEVELOPED AREAS OF BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK.
WHEREAS, Big Bend National Park is a cornerstone attraction for tourism in the region, a fundamental driver for Alpine and the Big Bend area economy; and
WHEREAS, Open space is a fundamental value and attraction of the Big Bend area, and is the fundamental value and attraction of Big Bend National Park; and
WHEREAS, Federal wilderness designation provides the highest level of assurance that the existing open, undeveloped spaces of Big Bend National Park will remain intact in perpetuity; and
WHEREAS, the existing roads, trails, facilities, services, and recreational opportunities of the park will not be limited by wilderness designation.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF ALPINE, TEXAS THAT:
The City of Alpine supports the Keep Big Bend Wild initiative as presented to the City Council on May 10, 2022, to establish federally designated Wilderness status for undeveloped areas of Big Bend National Park.
PASSED, APPROVED, AND ADOPTED BY A MAJORITY VOTE OF THE CITY COUNCIL ON THE 7th DAY OF JUNE 2022.