Border Sanctuary: The Conservation Legacy of the Santa Ana Land Grant

Border Sanctuary: The Conservation Legacy of the Santa Ana Land Grant

by Morgan Jane Morgan


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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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781623493202
Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
Publication date: 08/10/2015
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 430,940
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

M.J. MORGAN is the research director of the Chapman Center for Rural Studies at Kansas State University and the author of Land of Big Rivers: French and Indian Illinois, 1699–1778.


Manhattan, Kansas

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