Skip to comments.Should Big Bend Become an 'International Park?'
Posted on 03/15/2010 6:54:08 AM PDT by laotzu
US Interior Secretary Ken Salazar today suggested combining the Big Bend National Park in west Texas with the Monumento Natural del Rio Bravo across the river in Mexico, to form the Big Bend/Rio Bravo International Park.
"The United States and Mexico are neighbors sharing a beautiful treasure," Salazar said today during a tour of the Big Bend. "Our two nations could and should engage in an even higher level of cooperation to conserve this remarkable area and its wildlife, while providing more opportunity for visitors to enjoy it."
Actually, the idea of combining the two parks is not new...it was discussed by Presidents Franklin Roosevelt and Manuel Avila Camacho back in the 1930s.
Salazar said he has had talks with Mexican Interior Secretary Juan Rafael Elvira Quesada about the idea. Salazar was the guest of Congressman Ciro Rodriguez, who's district includes the Big Bend.
"I'm proud to represent this area and look forward to having a dialogue with the Secretary about how best to preserve and enhance the park using stimulus funding and other resources," Rodriguez said.
Salazar said combined, the Big Bend and Rio Bravo constitute one of the largest and most important conservation areas in North America, and a combined park would help officials on both sides of the Rio Grande better address issues from water and air quality to management of wildfires.
Rio Bravo del Norte is the name for the Rio Grande used in Mexico.
Anyone with questions, or concerns, is a racist!!
What a great way to allow illegals entry. The “enforceable border” will be moved to the area immediately around that park on the US side.
This is a terrible idea.
This “international park” idea is not new. I recall during our frequent trips to Big Bend in the 1970’s that Mexico was “suppose” to have their own national park set up directly across the Rio Grande.
I know exactly what this is all about - money! The USA will just use this new impetus as an excuse to funnel more money to Mexico.
Hell no...and force Texas to give up it’s only real Mountain range of note.
“Hell no...and force Texas to give up its only real Mountain range of note.”
Don’t forget the Guadeloupe Mountains along the NM border.
I was thinking GITMO would be better suited to house the traitors in our government. We might be able to get a contract to get them Cuban Health Care while we are at it.
NO way. what is ours stays as ours only.
how can the US take a state’s territory and make it part of a foreign nation anyway?
That is allowed in the Constitution?
Have we lost our minds?
Since the park is called Big Bend, shouldn’t the waterway be Big River?
What a wonderful idea, that way the illegas can get rest and a good supply of water before heading into the interior of the US. It will make crossing the border ever so much easier on the poor guys.
Do all government officials think we are as stupid as they are?
Erosion of national sovereignty. Another “accomplishment” of the BO administration.
It is called that, in Spanish.
I know. Why? Also, why do the Mexicans call it Rio Bravo?
Then there’s that Peace Arch International Park in Washington and BC. What in Sam Hill is going on?
No. Absolutely not.
We have to get away from giving away our treasures and taxing our resources.. There is no advantage to us in doing it. We gave away the Panama Canal and look what that got us.
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