"I mean, this is the glory of the Texas hill country, and if you're not moved to action to keep this a part of our Texas hill country for our enjoyment and the enjoyment of future generations, then you probably should check your pulse," Nirenberg told NPR.
Galo Properties made it clear that they were willing to sell the 1,521-acre landholding, but it wouldn't come cheap. The price tag of $20.5 million was too much for the city or any conservation group to afford on its own, so they teamed up for the sake of the bats.
"In mid-October, the city okayed $10 million for the deal," writes urban planning NGO Next City.
"The U.S. Army contributed $100,000. Another $500,000 came from the Edwards Aquifer Authority, and Bexar County approved $500,000. Bat Conservation International and the Nature Conservancy closed the gap with the remaining $10 million in private donations and funding."
On October 31, the deal was finalized; the sprawl was halted. Those involved in the long fight called it a victory.
"With passion and commitment, hundreds of citizens, community leaders and organizations came to together to protect a globally important piece of the Texas Hill Country," said Nirenberg, in a press release. "This is a huge win for San Antonio and the entire state of Texas."