FWNPAT is standing up for prairie conservation and appreciation at the public meeting discussing the Benbrook Lake Master Plan. The master plan was last updated in the 70’s! Check out the change in population in this area since 1950!
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at the Benbrook Lake office staff are working on a revision of their Strategic Land Use Management Master Plan. The process of updating the Master Plan will categorize the current and future land use when it comes to recreation, natural resources and cultural resources on Corps property at Benbrook Lake. One of the major changes would be to classify previous areas that may have been fisheries and wildlife lands or recreation areas that need to be changed to Environmentally Sensitive Areas (ESA) which are defined as: “Areas where scientific, ecological, cultural or aesthetic features have been identified.”
These areas must be considered by management to ensure they are not adversely impacted. ” Native remnant prairie (especially at Benbrook Lake), bottomland hardwoods among others have been identified via habitat surveys to be included in the ESA designation. ESA designation will provide further protection of the resources than previous land designations. Once completed and approved, the plan is usually good for the next 25 years.
Please email comments: CESWF-PER-Benbrook@usace.army.mil
Anyone may make comments via email, via a comment form at the meeting, can mail written comments or can drop off paper comments to the lake office. USACE needs them in writing in some form, and they do have 30 days after the meeting to provide comments.
There is also a website which has relevant information and documents, and will be updated with the presentation and handout after the meeting:
The website already has the 1972 Master Plan and comment form.