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Coastal Texas II

Implementing Organization

Ducks Unlimited, Inc.


DWH Project Funding


Known Leveraged Funding


Funding Organization

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)

Funding Program

North American Wetlands Conservation Act NAWCA


Project Category


Project Actions

Habitat Restoration and Enhancement

Targeted Resources


Project Description

This proposal will restore and enhance 2,042 acres of decreasing coastal wetland types and prairies in the Texas portion of the Gulf Coast Joint Venture. Proposed activities include restoration and enhancement 1,400 acres of privately owned wetlands, and continuation of a 25-year partnership of landowners, state and federal agencies, and non-governmental organizations committed to the long-term support of wetlands conservation on the Texas Gulf Coast through the Texas Prairie Wetlands Project. Project sites include moist-soil units and seasonally flooded rice fields that will provide important migration, wintering, and breeding habitat for numerous species of waterfowl, shorebirds, wading birds, and landbirds. Project sites will be managed under 10-year agreements with private landowners, and will include projects across the three initiative areas within the Texas portion of the Gulf Coast Joint Venture (Chenier Plain Initiative Area, Texas Mid-Coast Initiative Area, and Laguna Madre Initiative Area). This project will enhance 544 acres (and 611 non-add acres) of managed freshwater wetlands at Justin Hurst WMA via installation of a re-lift pump structure and associated infrastructure consisting of levees and water control structures to convey water to multiple wetland units. Additionally,70 acres of coastal prairie and 28 acres of seasonal wetlands at Sheldon Lake State Park will be restored via excavation of previously converted wetland basins, creation of micro-topography associated with native prairie, and planting of native wetland and prairie vegetation. The project will benefit several priority duck species, including: mottled duck, northern pintail, mallard, lesser


Todd Merendino
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Project Partners

Axalta Coating Systems, Ducks Unlimited, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, State Parks Division, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, Wildlife Division, Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation, Thunderbird Hunting Club

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