Representatives from Big Bend Ranch State Park and the Big Bend Conservation Alliance hosted a dark skies presentation at the Starlight Theatre in Terlingua. The program included an update on the park’s application to become an International Dark Sky Park and a presentation on ways to promote healthy night sky views.
The International Dark-Skies Association defines a dark sky park as, “A land possessing an exceptional or distinguished quality of starry nights and a nocturnal environment that is specifically protected for its scientific, natural, educational, cultural heritage, and/or public enjoyment.”
The application process requires lots of legwork, and may take several months to complete, according to park Ranger Amber Harrison. Rangers are collecting data to map out the darkest park areas, and they also need a pledge of community support.
“We are working on getting the community committed to being advocates for dark skies,” said state park Superintendent Sean Dugan. Sierra La Rana is already an IDA approved development and is currently working with the city of Alpine to obtain the Dark Sky certification. (Article courtesy of The Alpine Avalanche)