Border Sanctuary

The Conservation Legacy of the Santa Ana Land Grant

978-1-62349-320-2 Cloth
6.12 x 9.25 x 0 in
240 pp. 12 color, 11 b&w photos. 7 line art. 6 maps. Bib. Index.
Pub Date: 08/10/2015


  • Cloth $32.00
Winner, 2016 Jim Parish Award, sponsored by the Webb County Heritage Foundation Winner, 2015 Robert A. Calvert Prize, presented by Texas A&M University
The Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge lies on the northern bank of the Rio Grande in South Texas, about seventy miles upriver from the Gulf of Mexico. In Border Sanctuary, M.J. Morgan uncovers how 2,000 acres of rare subtropical riparian forest came to be preserved in a region otherwise dramatically altered by human habitation.

The story she tells begins and ends with the efforts of the Rio Grande Valley Nature Club to protect one of the last remaining stopovers for birds migrating north from Central and South America. In between, she reconstructs a two hundred-year human and environmental history of the original “two square leagues” of the Santa Ana land grant and of the Mexican and Tejano families who lived on, worked, and ultimately helped preserve this forest on the river’s edge.

As border issues continue to present serious challenges for Texas and the nation, it is especially important to be reminded of the deep connection between the region’s human and natural history from the long perspective Morgan provides here.

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Kathie and Ed Cox Jr. Books on Conservation Leadership, sponsored by The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, Texas State University

Published by Texas A&M University Press