Upon the completion of the 2017 fiscal year (June 30) the Texas Prairie Wetlands Project celebrated two major accomplishments; the close of its 25-year anniversary and the completion of the program’s 80,000th acre conserved.
Texas Prairie Wetlands Project (TPWP) is a partnership program delivered by Ducks Unlimited, and greatly supported by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The program was created in 1991 to deliver waterfowl habitat objectives set forth by the Gulf Coast Joint Venture (GCJV) by creating, restoring and enhancing wetlands on private lands on the Texas Gulf Coast.
Through TPWP, Ducks Unlimited biologists and engineers work with private landowners to enhance the quality of habitat for waterfowl on their lands. By providing management plans, engineering services, and cost-share on wetland projects, we help landowners optimize habitat for waterfowl.
Though individual projects are relatively small, cumulatively the projects are making a big difference for waterfowl along the Texas coast. According to a Gulf Coast Joint Venture study, the 48,983 acres of TPWP projects on the Texas mid-coast provide up to 20 percent of non-tidal waterfowl habitat in dry years and 15 percent in non-drought years.
Ensuring sustainable and sufficient wintering waterfowl habitat on the Texas Coast is no easy feat, but, with the support of our agency partners and private landowners, Ducks Unlimited is making great strides in that direction.