Texas coastal wetland habitat project aimed at waterfowl nets $1M grant

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Nearly 3,000 acres of wetland habitat along Texas’ Gulf coast will be improved through a grant from Ducks Unlimited and state partnerships, including with the Coastal Conservation Association and Texas Parks & Wildlife Department.

Grants totaling $21 million were given to 21 projects in 16 states through the North American Wetlands Conservation Act U.S. Standard Grants program. Partners will match this support with $50 million in leveraged funds, according to a news release.

Counties included in the effort are Aransas, Austin, Bee, Brazoria, Brooks, Calhoun, Cameron, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Harris, Hidalgo, Jackson, Jefferson, Kenedy, Kleberg, Lavaca, Liberty, Matagorda, Nueces, Orange, Refugio, San Patricio, Starr, Victoria, Waller, Wharton and Willacy.

The project will restore and enhance 2,612 acres of wetland and upland habitat, including seasonally flooded rice fields on public and private lands. Working with landowners to compensate for the region’s continued loss of marsh and wet prairies, partners will enhance foraging, water quality, flood storage, and soil conservation throughout the project area.  The work will benefit more than 304 bird species including mottled ducks, northern pintails, mallards and and Canada geese.

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Will Leschper is founder of The Texas Outdoor Digest. He has been recognized for Excellence in Craft by the Outdoor Writers Association of America and the Texas Outdoor Writers Association. He is Conservation Editor of Texas Fish & Game Magazine and is a regular contributor to the Journal of the Texas Trophy Hunters, in addition to writing for plenty of of now-defunct publications.