TRANS PECOS Film Premieres

Dear Friends.. 
We’re very proud to present the premiere of

The Story of Stolen Land and the
Loss of America’s Last Frontier

Sunday, February 23rd
at the Stateside Theater
in Austin, TX
*** Sold Out***
Doors @ 4:00 PM | Screening @ 5:00 PM
Panel discussion to include: 
Renea Hicks, Attorney
Coyne Gibson, Big Bend Conservation Alliance
Jessica Karlsruher, TREAD Coalition
Nicol Ragland, TRANS PECOS Director
Moderated by Jim Bradbury, eminent domain attorney

Tuesday, February 25th
at SRSU, Academic Computer Resources Building, Room 204
in Alpine, TX
Doors @ 5:30 pm | Screening @ 6:00 p.m
Panel discussion to include: 
Nicol Ragland, TRANS PECOS Director
J.D. Newsom, BBCA Executive Director
David Keller, Archeologist

Friday, February 28th
at the Crowley Theater
in Marfa, TX
Doors @ 5:00 PM | Screening @ 6:00 PM
Panel discussion to include: 
Nicol Ragland, TRANS PECOS Director
Coyne Gibson, Volunteer – Big Bend Conservation Alliance
Trey Gerfers, Former President – Big Bend Conservation Alliance 

This documentary sets out to uncover the truth of the controversial Trans Pecos Pipeline while creating a poetic portrait of Far West Texas and the American people whose lives and land the pipeline has affected. The story is woven of a diverse fabric of an insider, landowners, concerned citizens of different colors, classes and creeds – some of which come from the oil and gas industry itself.

TRANS PECOS is a story about the unexpected bipartisan alliances that occur when companies place private gain before public good.

The grassroots support behind TRANS PECOS attempts to find common ground in a way that strengthens citizen engagement and civic bridges. It is a story of how one natural gas pipeline in Far West Texas can act as a conduit of change between informed citizens and those in power as the future of natural resources and energy is decided.

Big Bend Climate Change Seminar

Climate change and its effects upon the Big Bend will be the subject of scientific presentations on January 18th from 3 to 6 pm, at Sul Ross State University’s Espino Conference Center. Sponsored by the Big Bend Chapter of the Native Plant Society, Big Bend Conservation Alliance, the Big Bend Chapter of the Sierra Club and the Presidio County Underground Water Conservation District, the speakers will discuss expected climate-change effects on temperature and water cycles, vegetation communities and wildland fire and strategies to influence, manage and adapt to those changes.

 “This is a great opportunity to examine expected climate change impacts on Big Bend forests, grasslands, and desert,” said Dallas Baxter, president of the Big Bend Chapter of the Native Plant Society. “These topics are important to area parks, ranches, farms, water planners, fire managers, conservationists, and natural resource professionals as well as state, county and city governments. No challenge in the coming years is more dire than climate change.”

Dr. John Nielson-Gammon, Texas State Climatologist and Professor of Atmospheric Science at Texas A&M University, will present the latest climate models and their complications, with emphasis on Trans-Pecos water cycles.

Dr. Nick Smith, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences at Texas Tech University, will discuss response to climate change by Trans-Pecos plant communities and how land management decisions influence resilience to climate effects.

Dr. Dylan Schwilk, Professor of Biological Sciences at Texas Tech, will provide results of studies on how plant traits influence fire behavior, and effects of drought and fire on trees in Trans-Pecos mountain ranges.

The seminar will be in Room A, Espino Conference Center in the Morgan University Center at Sul Ross State University. Attendance is free; however, registration is requested. To register, e-mail

Rio Grande / Río Bravo Water Symposium

Big Bend Conservation Alliance, Audubon Texas, Rio Grande Joint Venture, and Pronatura Noreste have partnered to present Rio Grande / Río Bravo Water Symposium. Water experts from the U.S. and Mexico will discuss the Rio Grande, environmental flows, groundwater, and solutions for enhancing the health of the river. The free event will take place at 9:00 AM on July 18th at the USO Building in Marfa, TX. Lunch will be provided. Registration for the event can be found at:

July 18, 2019

9:00 AM – 5:30 PM

USO Building

Marfa, TX

Old Ore 10k & 50K Run – BBNP – November 3, 2019

Overland Racing returns to Big Bend National Park with the Old Ore 10K & 50K point-to-point run on November 3, 2019. Registration includes: screened long sleeve tech shirt, post race meal, and Off the Wheel Pottery finisher medals. BBCA will be the beneficiary of a portion of the proceeds – register today to support BBCA and experience running in the majestic Big Bend National Park! Registration link and additional details can be found here.

Montopolis CD Release Party: “The Legend of Big Bend” @ The North Door in Austin, TX – June 6, 2019

Montopolis turns west Texas tales into song in this concert inspired by Big Bend National Park. The performance weaves science, history, poetry and personal stories into music inspired by the land and the people that have walked upon it.  Submit your photo of Big Bend here:  and receive a discount code for 50% of the ticket price.  Photos will be projected during the concert on the North Door’s giant screen.    

Tickets are available via Eventbright.  

The Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center Welcomes: The Bird Conservancy of the Rockies’ Arvind Panjabi – October 11, 2018

Join us for an engaging evening and learn about:

  • Conservation efforts migratory birds in the Chihuahuan Desert grassland;
  • Partnerships between conservationists & ranchers to restore grasslands and rangeland productivity; and
  • How this collaboration has created win-win solutions for birds and people.


The Crowley Theater, Marfa, TX

Thursday, October 11, 2018

7:00 p.m. (doors open 6:30 p.m.)

Reception following program

Free admission – donations accepted


Part of CDRI’s Fall 2018 Conant Lecture Series

For information:   432-364-2499

Eminent Domain Town Hall – August 25, 2018

LIVESTREAM tomorrow’s Eminent Domain Town Hall event!
Just in case you are unable to join us for the Eminent Domain Town Hall event tomorrow at 5pm in Marfa, TX, you can LIVESTREAM the event, by following the instructions below: 1) Link to the Big Bend Conservation Alliance Facebook page HERE. 2) A live video will be playing ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE. 3) You will be able to watch and listen to the event from afar, but will not be able to submit questions.BBCA and Transpecos Documentary hope that you will be able to join us either in person or via livestream for this important and engaging event!
**   The Big Bend Conservation Alliance and Trans Pecos Documentary team invite you to a free screening and town hall meeting to address the issues surrounding eminent domain on Saturday, August 25th from 5 to 7:30 PM at the Crowley Theater in Marfa.
**   The evening’s program will include a short film featuring one of the 41 landowners whose property was condemned under eminent domain to construct the Trans Pecos pipeline.
**   Several prominent attorneys, a former oil and gas engineer, and representatives from the Texas Wildlife Association and the Texas Farm Bureau will discuss the need for common-sense reforms to protect private property rights and answer questions from the audience.
**  If you’re a landowner or concerned citizen in the Big Bend region, this is a unique opportunity that you won’t want to miss.
**   Saturday, August 25th from 5 to 7:30 PM at the Crowley Theater at:
98 S Austin Street in Marfa, TX.
**   The event is free and light refreshments will be served.