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Assessment: Most of recently donated land in Big Bend NP eligible for wilderness designation

Much of a large swath of land, more than 67,000 acres that was donated to Big Bend National Park back in 1987, is eligible for official wilderness designation, according to a forthcoming National Park Service assessment.

In an announcement to be published Monday in the Federal Register, the agency concludes that 63,505 of the 67,135 acres donated by Houston Harte "are found to be eligible for inclusion in the wilderness preservation system because they have wilderness criteria described in the Wilderness Act of 1964."

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