March 17, 2003 :: Quartz Mountain Land Donations Create Natural Area
Lone Wolf, Okla. – Officials from the Quartz Mountain Arts & Conference Center & Nature Park have announced the newest addition of private land to the park’s recently designated Baldy Point Natural Area. The 60-acre property was purchased by the Access Fund of Boulder, Colo. and donated to the State of Oklahoma for preservation and management as a part of this scenic park in southwest Oklahoma.
The land was purchased from Dr. Suzy J. Spradlin of Oakland, Calif. Spradlin is the daughter of longtime Mangum, Okla. residents Ted and Margaret Johnson. Mr. and Mrs. Johnson, both deceased, owned a considerable amount of land west of the park. Spradlin inherited the property and has worked with the Access Fund since 1999 to save the pristine land as part of the park. A previous 60-acre donation by the Access Fund in 2001 transferred the popular rock climbing area known as Baldy Point to the state. The latest donation includes the beautiful Cedar Valley area lying east of the peak.
“We’re certainly very appreciative of the contributions made by the Access Fund and Dr. Spradlin to the future of this park,” remarked Dr. Terry Mosley, executive director of the facility. “Thanks to their generosity and vision, many new recreational and educational opportunities will be available for our guests.”
Last July, the park received a separate donation of 160 acres of land from James J. Dunnam of Seattle, Wash. That property, which includes a sizeable part of Quartz Mountain, adjoins Baldy Point and Cedar Valley to the east. Together, the three properties amount to 280 acres of contiguous, wilderness-like land, which has been designated by the park as the Baldy Point Natural Area. The property will be managed as a day-use area for the purposes of hiking, climbing, nature observation and photography, and environmental education and interpretation.
“This is truly one of the most magnificent natural areas in Oklahoma,” said Steve Kemp, park manager. “We’re excited about protecting this valuable resource and providing the public with some very unique outdoor experiences.”
Kemp and his staff recently submitted a proposal to the Oklahoma Recreational Trails Program seeking grant funding for the development of the Baldy Point Natural Area. The comprehensive plan includes the construction of several miles of primitive hiking trails on the property.
Others contributing their services to assist with the donation included Kathy Menz, president of Land Run Escrow and Title Services, Inc. of Mustang, Okla. and Phil Olson, attorney at law, of Altus, Okla.
Quartz Mountain Arts & Conference Center & Nature Park is located on Highway 44A, approximately 20 miles north of Altus.