805 N. Capitol of Texas Hwy
Austin, TX 78746
In August 1975, the City of Austin put $1.6 million into the purchase of land to lengthen the Barton Creek Greenbelt west of Loop 360. At this point, the city's support for Wild Basin Wilderness was dropped. Without the city's support, the federal and county moneys were withdrawn. Undaunted, the seven "little old ladies in tennis shoes" persevered. They continued to pursue the County Commissioners endorsement. Finally, the County Commissioners agreed to sponsor an application for matching Bureau of Outdoor Recreation (BOR) funds if the "Committee for Wild Basin Wilderness" could raise $175,000. Only governmental units, like the county, could apply for federal BOR funds, that's why the County Commissioners involvement was so important.
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