Devil’s Sinkhole celebrates 50 years of designation as National Natural Landmark
In 1971, thanks to recommendations from the recent First Lady, Lady Bird Johnson, President Nixon’s Interior Department created a group of new National Natural Landmarks in Texas. At the top of Lady Bird’s list of recommendations and the top of the resulting list in 1971 was the Devil’s Sinkhole State Natural Area!
Celebrating this milestone will be the main theme of the Devil’s Sinkhole Society this year and it will allow them to bring in more tourists than usual, create some great new relationships, improve their services and get rid of the headaches of 2020!
The initial planning has involved connecting with the National Natural Landmarks regional coordinator, the society’s regional interpretive specialist from Fort Davis, and Superintendent Watson in a Microsoft Teams meeting. Because they have connected, they are looking at inviting neighboring National Natural Landmarks, neighbor parks and a variety of groups for a big event October 1 and 2 this year. Texas Parks is making a renewed effort this year to recognize the importance of native tribes in the Sinkhole’s history, so they may even be getting to welcome Comanche and Lipan Apache groups to help explain the earlier human history of the Devil’s Sinkhole State Natural Area! Bat Conservation International has made a preliminary offer of participation and they will certainly connect with some other bat-friendly folks as they progress in the celebration.
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