An eco-treasure lost

Posted Thursday, Jul. 18, 2013  comments  Print Reprints
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I wanted to take a moment to express my sadness about the sale of the proposed Fort Worth Prairie Park land by the General Land Office (See: “Time runs out on fight to preserve Fort Worth prairie,” July 14).

I am truly disheartened. Having spent my academic time on the Fort Worth prairie ecosystem, I can say if this land is not preserved, Fort Worth has lost something precious.

Citizens of Fort Worth would have had a sanctuary to connect with our place, to discover how to engage with open and pure landscapes as Texans. Knowing our land and the way it responds to our unique region can be the jumping-off point for our city to be healthier and more celebratory of all it means to live in this place we love.

With public land in Texas far below what it should be, it’s a shame Fort Worth has missed this opportunity.

This was not a field somewhere. This was the largest piece of wild, unfettered cultural identity left. We’ve lost it.

— Aryn Young, Fort Worth

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