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Texas Beaches to Bays

Implementing Organization

Galveston Bay Foundation


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

The project will permanently protect 5,369 acres of coastal habitat, representing a mix of coastal prairie, coastal barrier island, coastal marsh, uplands, shallow freshwater depressions, and beach/dune habitat located in three separate tracts in Brazoria and Calhoun counties in the Texas Mid-Coast. The application includes significant match activities in the form of a fee-title acquisition of Powderhorn II consisting of 5,058 acres of coastal wetlands and uplands representing a portion of the historic Powderhorn Ranch. Galveston Bay Foundation will purchase two tracts in Brazoria County (Folletts Island Conservation Initiative) through fee title acquisition and transfer those tracts to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for permanent protection and management. Deemed a nationally significant coastal barrier ecosystem, Follets Island is situated within the Gulf Prairies and Marshes ecological region and borders the Christmas Bay Coastal Preserve and Drum Bay, which are part of the Galveston Bay Ecosystem, and part of the Galveston Bay Estuary Program. Tract 1 is adjacent to the Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge and is located within the Columbia Bottomlands project area established by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to conserve important wetlands through partnership conservation efforts.


Mike Lange
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Project Partners

Advanced Ecology, Ltd, National Fish & Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), Natural Resources Damage Assessment Trustee Council (NRDATC), Private Contributors, Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation, The Trust for Public Land

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