Big Bend By: Leslie Bennett & Terrell shelton

  • Located in the Big Bend of the Rio grande
  • The Founding Father of the park is Everett Townsend
  • On August 31, 1894, Townsend ventured into the Chisos Mountains, which form the heart of the present-day national park, tracking mules stolen from a Mexican citizen. In the spring of 1933, Townsend was approached by Representative Robert Wagstaff of Abilene, who had read of stunning beauty of the Big Bend, and was interested in establishing a park there. When the bill establishing Texas Canyons State Park in the Big Bend was passed in March 1933, Townsend was indeed the credited as co-author.
  • The funding source is the government and the number of visitors per year is between 350,000 through 400,000
  • The Park is a triangular shaped region in West Texas.
  • The park is 1,252 miles big.
  • Fall and Spring are usually warm and pleasant. Summers are hot, although temperatures vary greatly between the desert floor and the Chisos Mountains; May and June are the hottest months. Afternoon and evening rain often cools the desert from July to October. Winters are cold. Rainfall averages less then 10 inches per year.
  • The landforms are the Chihuahuan Desert Flats, Mountains, & the Rio Grande.
  • The wildlife is kit fox, ring tale, bobcat, kangaroo rat, mule, deer, coyotes, badger and a blacktail rabbit.
  • Examples of trees that are there is Ponderosa pine, Maple, Texas Madrone, etc.
  • It is important because they need to protect their natural heritage: stunning landscapes, extraordinary wildlife and majestic forests. Conservation is generally associated with the protection of natural resources, which is a big role. Preservation is associated with the protection of buildings, landscapes, and objects, which is also a big role.
  • The saltcedar leaf was introduced to Big Bend in 2006 to order to control the proliferation of saltcedar trees. Humans like Agave plant because it produces a sweet liquor. The Agave plant is what bats eat for food, so the humans eliminate most of longnose's bats main food supply and harms the Agave plant population.
  • They just got a new fossil discovery exhibit on January 14, 2017. On January 27-29 there will be a regional chili championship. This is a huge event where it brings over 100 cooks from New Mexico, Dallas, and other places.

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