Land Owners Near Red River Fear Bureau of Land Management Claims

Dozens of property owners along the Red River are on edge, as they fear the Bureau of Land Management claims to have federal ownership of their land.

The Bureau of Land Management is interested in obtaining about 115 mile stretch of land along the Red River for recreational use.

Some of those owners sat down during a Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association meeting.

And one property owner says 140 acres of his land has already been taken by the BLM.

Tommy Henderson shared his story, explaining how land he purchased in 1979 was taken from him five years later.

He said the BLM told him the land was never owned by the state of Texas, so when he bought it, it was similar to buying a stolen car, the purchase was illegal.

Texas never had the right to deed it out. That we never owned the property, so we never owned it therefore there is no compensation for it,” he said.

Henderson and another land owner, Terry McAlister, have met with the Bureau of Land Management.

They say the BLM told them all land is public land, and that land owners are only entrusted with it with a title.

McAlister says while he agrees, land owners need to have rights.

But you have to understand that the person that has title that is paying taxes and caring for the land has a right to that land,” he said.

The land the BLM is looking at would impact nearly 50 pieces of deeded land.

The Texas and Southwest Cattle Raisers Association plans to continue to educate those land owners with Henderson's story.

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