Big Tree Ranch Acquisition

Project Overview

Implementing Organization
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD)

DWH Project Funding


Known Leveraged Funding


Funding Organization

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Funding Program

MOEX Supplemental Environmental Projects (SEPs)

Project Location: Texas

Funding Source: MOEX
Controlling Document: Consent Decree Between The United States and MOEX Offshore 2007 LLC
Year Awarded: 2012

Project Details

Project Category

Project Actions

Land Acquisition / Protection

Targeted Resources

Endangered Species Habitat Birds / Bird Habitat

Project Description

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) worked with The Nature Conservancy to secure funding for the acquisition of Big Tree Ranch, an 80 acre tract in Aransas County, Texas. This land has extremely high conservation and recreation value, especially as habitat for the endangered Whooping Crane (Grus americana) and for public viewing of the crane. The entire tract is designated Whooping Crane critical habitat by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). The property was transferred to TPWD to be operated and managed as part of the adjacent 330-acre Goose Island State Park (GISP).

Project Contact

Project Partners

The Nature Conservancy

Affiliated Institutions


Project ID: 14
Project Name: Big Tree Ranch Acquisition
SourceUID: 14
Latitude: 28.15447006
Longitude: -96.97753447
Country: United States of America
State or Province: Texas
County: Alachua
Project Category: Environmental
Project Action: Land Acquisition / Protection
Additional Project Action(s):
Additional Project Action(s):
Targeted Resource(s): Endangered Species Habitat
Targeted Resource(s): Birds / Bird Habitat
Targeted Resource(s):
Anticipated Project Completion Year: 0
Implementing Organization: Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD)
Implementing Organization Type: State
Point of Contact – Name: None
Point of Contact – Phone: None
Point of Contact – Email: None
Other Partners: The Nature Conservancy
Affiliated Institutions: None
Project Comments: None
Acres Acquired: 82
Close Year: 0
Close Month: 0
Close day: 0
Purchase Type: Fee
Landowner: Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Landowner Type: State
Purpose: Environmental System
Public Access: Open
Easement Holder Name : None
Easement Holder Type: None
Secondary Easement Holder 1: None
Secondary Easement Holder 2: None
Duration: None
Term: 0
Land Restoration Acreage: 0
Aquatic Restoration Acreage: 0
Restoration Mileage: 0
Restoration Feet: 0
Additional Acreage: None
Total Dollar Amount (from all funders): 1900000
DWH Funder: Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
DWH Funder Type: State
DWH Funding Program: MOEX Supplemental Environmental Projects (SEPs)
DWH Dollar Amount : 1900000
DWH Source: MOEX
Fund Origin: Civil Settlement
Controlling Documents: Consent Decree Between The United States and MOEX Offshore 2007 LLC
Award Year: 2012
Award Month: 0
Total Amount Leveraged: 0