Wichita County Looks to Join Red River Land Discussions

Discussions continue on what should be done with publicly owned land along the Red River and now Wichita County officials say they want a seat at the table.

The Bureau of Land Management hosted a public meeting in Wichita Falls in early December to discuss the estimated 90 thousand acres of land along the 116 miles of the Red River.

During the meeting, landowners voiced opinions that they were against the public using this land, saying they preferred the land to be closed.

Judge Woody Gossom says that Wichita County now wants to step in to represent the landowners whose land borders the county line.

"The seat at the table can be gained by the county coming foward as a local governmental entity that has standing to come forward and ask to have a seat at this plan is developed by the Bureau of Land Management," said Wichita County Judge Woody Gossom.

If land is found to be public the bureau has three options: leave the land open, close it, or open with limitations.

County commissioners are set to discuss this at their meeting tomorrow.

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