This project would add 725 acres to the existing preserve and manage and restore 1,400 acres of coastal habitat on the reserve once the land is acquired. The land to be protected includes habitats that were once common on Galveston Island, such as oak mottes as well as dunes interspersed with palustrine and estuarine wetlands. This project would protect important habitats for fish and wildlife, buffer storm surge, and would benefit the economy by increasing wildlife viewing and recreational fishing opportunities.
PROJECT COST: $28,200,000
LEAD ORGANIZATION: Artist Boat
PARTNERS: USFWS, TPWD, GBEP, GBF, TGLO
- Potential population benefiting: 1,300
- Area available for recreation: 725 acres
- Critical facilities in vicinity: 2