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Sale of University Camp pulled from Board of Regents meeting

Sarah Manning
The sun sets behind the trees alongside the Blanco River, Thursday, Aug. 10, 2023, at University Camp in Wimberley, Texas.

Editor’s note: In The University Star’s Nov. 14 email newsletter, the first paragraph of this story provided an incorrect date, stating “today” instead of the correct date, “Nov. 9.” The correct change is now reflected in the current version of this story.

The sale of University Camp was planned on being approved at the Nov. 16 Texas State University System Board of Regents meeting, but on Nov. 9, the item disappeared from the agenda.

The meeting item, which originally was on page 371 of the agenda and detailed the potential sale of the 126-acre property, now reads “This page is intentionally left blank.”

Needmore River Ranch, the prospective buyer for the property, obtained an appraisal for the land at $4.6 million. If the Needmore River Ranch buys the property, it will pay the appraised price of $4.6 million and make an “unrestricted donation” of $4.4 million to Texas State to be paid out over three years, according to the agenda.

In total, Texas State would receive around $9 million for the sale of University Camp; $4.6 million for the sale and $4.4 million from the unrestricted donation.

Needmore Ranch is a 5,000 acre property along the Blanco River in Wimberly, Texas. Greg LaMantia, the owner of the ranch, came under controversy when he received a permit to extract 289 million gallons of water from the Trinity Aquifer annually in 2019.

At the time, environmentalists and nearby residents were concerned the significant amount of water would reduce the amount of water available in the aquifer and cause long-lasting effects to the community.

The University Star will provide updates to this story as they come out.

Editor’s note: The University Star originally published this story with an email excerpt. This excerpt has been deleted. 

Missing page 371 from the TSUS Board of Regents meeting.
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    Dave HortonNov 15, 2023 at 2:35 pm

    Where is student government on this issue? For, against, or unaware? Seriously.

    Dave Horton
    Former student body president
    71-72 and 72-73

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    MRJNov 14, 2023 at 11:35 am

    I am so shocked that the university would consider selling the University Camp. For decades, this property has been cherished and is a priceless asset woven into the lore of the university community and many, many families and individuals who love our beautiful Texas Hill Country. It is terrifying that the stewards of this beautiful property would rip it from us and future generations without any public comment. On every level, this is very disturbing. I’m glad it was pulled from the agenda and I, personally, hope a sale of U Camp is never considered unless it goes to another public entity after very careful consideration.

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    amyNov 14, 2023 at 8:57 am

    I heard a rumor that Needmore Ranch wanted to turn the property into a limestone quarry after purchase. Is there any truth to that? Thank you for reporting on this. Keep up the good work!

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    Walter Courtland FountainNov 13, 2023 at 10:40 am

    I think the University Star and Texas State are reficulous and out of touch with realty.. the STAR ran several pages on how White People are inherently racist, and the univeristy went idiotic WOKE. NOW, greedy as ever, trying to sell off PUBLIC LAND, FOR PROFIT.. No more alumni dues.. You all have become idiots of academia.. dumbest most rediculous generation in American history..

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      GraemeNov 14, 2023 at 9:58 am

      So… Your theory is that the University Star is promoting the sale of the land? Fascinating.

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    AustinNov 13, 2023 at 5:42 am

    The university camp is an irreplaceable priceless treasure and asset to Texas State stakeholders that simply must be preserved for the present and future. Please do not let it be sold at any price!

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    Brigitte BurkeNov 10, 2023 at 2:34 pm

    This is a disaster! We can’t let this happen

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    Ulises GonzalezNov 10, 2023 at 11:18 am

    Stan y’all need to stay on top of this and publicize the hell out of it. This is not okay.

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    L StaffordNov 9, 2023 at 5:55 pm

    PLEASE NO SALE TO NEEDMORE THEY ARE NOT GOOD STEWARDS OF THE HILL COUNTRY. Over pumping of water , rock crushing over the recharge zone .

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    Elizabeth RileyNov 9, 2023 at 5:03 pm

    And the university makes no attempt to hear comments from stakeholders in this decision? No attempts to at least offer the property to other public entities? This is despicable. I find the pulling of the discussion even more disgusting.. did they hope to slide this under the table and then pulled it because they knew there would be significant opposition?

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    tNov 9, 2023 at 4:38 pm

    Thank you for reporting! Please continue to pressure the university president and board to find out HOW this was so close to happening with no public input. It would be such a short sighted move to sell an amazing piece of public land for private hoarding (“needmore ranch” sounds like a villain in a bad movie). All students and alumni should be outraged by this.

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    Rick HendersonNov 9, 2023 at 4:32 pm

    I cannot explain the enormity of how much my Texas State education and then teaching at Texas State for 25 years meant to me. But equally as wonderful and rewarding has been the 100s of trips to U Camp moving into four decades. I call it my heaven on earth to my friends. They agree. I think there are a great many students, alumni, faculty and staff that feel the same. The sale of U Camp would devastate me. Indeed a shameful decision. Please do not turn you your back on Bobcats

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    Gordon YoungNov 9, 2023 at 4:24 pm

    So glad to see the agenda item removed from the meeting, but we need some more transparency on this! With the approval of the permanent fund, this seems superfluous!