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New Gulf Environmental Benefit Funds for Texas Projects

Date: 11/27/17

Recently the NFWF Board awarded Gulf Environmental Benefit Funds for Texas projects.  Several of these projects directly affect Refuges including restoration and acquisitions that are on or will become Refuge lands.  All the projects will have direct benefits to species and habitats important to the FWS and the Texas Coast.
Special thanks to the outstanding partnerships and FWS staff from all programs who have helped coordinate development, review or support these projects. Thank you all!
Here is an excerpt from NFWF"s announcement and a list (with links) of the recent 2017 projects and the off cycle awards in March which also benefit Refuge lands.   
Their full announcement  is here: http://www.nfwf.org/whoweare/mediacenter/Pages/more-than-100-million-approved-for-restoration-projects-on-gulf-coast-2017-1114.aspx

....Texas
The NFWF Board of Directors approved the award of nearly $15 million for 10 new projects and amendments to two existing projects. The Texas projects address high-priority conservation needs, including the acquisition and restoration of significant coastal habitats, enhancement of waterbird and beach nesting bird habitats, and several high-priority investments to address environmental damage related to Hurricane Harvey. Additional information on GEBF projects in Texas can be found here .

 

The total number of awards from the GEBF in the state of Texas now stands at 41, with a total value of more than $108 million. All projects were selected for funding following extensive consultation with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Texas General Lands Office, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, FWS and NOAA. .....

Recent awards benefiting National Wildlife Refuges directly:

Hydrological Restoration of Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge Wetlands - Phase I (2017 - new)

Bahia Grande Coastal Corridor - Holly Beach Tract Acquisition (2017 - new)

Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge Coastal Marsh and Dunes Acquisition (2017 - new)
Other recent 2017 project awards: 
Galveston Island State Park Marsh Restoration & Protection - Phase III (2017 - new)
Follets Island Land Acquisition and Conservation Program  -Phase II (2017 - new)
Carancahua Bay Habitat Preservation and Enhancement (2017 - new)
Restoring Colonial Waterbirds on the Texas Coast (2017 - new)
Beach-nesting and Wintering Bird Protection and Habitat Stewardship (2017 -new)
Restoration of JD Murphree WMA Water Management Infrastructure (2017 - new)
Repair ARK Wildlife Rescue Facility (2017 - new)
March 2017 Off-cycle projects awarded:
Salt Bayou Beach Ridge Restoration - Engineering and Design (2017)
Sabine Ranch Acquisition (2017)
This summary provided by John Huffman, USFWS Gulf Restoration