A Texas family’s decision to sell their land has provided a big boost to local wildlife, even though they could potentially lose millions of dollars, according to Texas Monthly.
Ronnie and Terry Urbanczyk’s gradual expansion of their property over a 30-year period allowed them to accumulate 750 acres of beautiful Hill Country forests.
Originally, the plan was to build a subdivision in the area, which would have provided 2,400 homes for families who showed interest in living in the rural paradise.
The project would have earned the Urbanczyk family $125 million, but was opposed by the community and local environmental groups.
When the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department offered $25 million to purchase 515 acres with the goal of turning the area known as Honey Creek into a state park, the Urbanczyks knew it was a perfect deal.
Now, the crystal clear creek water, multitude of cypress trees, and diverse protected species at Honey Creek will be carefully maintained for years.
“We’ve had a lot of great memories and now the people of Texas will be able to enjoy them for the next thousand years,” Ronnie Urbanczyk, a concrete company owner, told Texas Monthly.
“It really made me feel 100 percent better,” Terry Urbanczyk said of the deal and plans for the land they love so much.
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Creatures found in Honey Creek include at-risk animals such as golden-cheeked warblers, black-capped vireos, and Comal’s blind salamanders. It also hosts various invertebrates in the earth’s cave systems.
In a statement, Texas State Parks Director Rodney Franklin said: “Together with the adjacent Guadalupe River State Park, these protected lands encompass nearly 5,000 acres of habitat that support plants and wildlife, benefit water quality and They provide opportunities for people to spend time in nature. .”
In addition to making the land accessible to the public, events could eventually be hosted at Honey Creek, providing a stunning setting for special gatherings. Most importantly, it puts an essential ecosystem in the hands of local experts who will care for it for the long term, and will also ensure that important green spaces do not suffer from any harmful construction in the future.
“I couldn’t be more delighted,” Annalisa Peace of the Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance told Texas Monthly. “I am very grateful to the Urbanczyk family for making that decision.”
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