The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) met with Ducks Unlimited staff in Port Arthur, Texas, in late July to discuss DU’s Gulf Coast Initiative
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department hosted the meeting, assisted with a field tour and provided an overview of wetlands restoration opportunities in J.D. Murphree Wildlife Management Area
(WMA) and southeast Texas. During the field tour, NFWF staff visited a variety of private and public coastal restoration sites, including Texas Prairie Wetlands Project
restoration areas, J.D. Murphree WMA coastal marsh restoration sites and a marsh shoreline protection project along the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway.
The group had a productive discussion the following day at the J.D. Murphree WMA meeting facilities regarding DU’s ongoing work in coastal Texas. The group also discussed opportunities for NFWF to cooperate with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and DU through the NFWF Gulf Environmental Fund to advance partner-driven coastal wetlands conservation in Texas.
Attending for NFWF were Tom Kelsch, vice president of the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund; Dr. Bruce Beehler, director of bird conservation; Tanner Johnson, director of the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund, Louisiana and Texas; and John Porthouse, coastal wetland science advisor. Attending for DU were Paul Schmidt, Curtis Hopkins, Jerry Holden, Tom Moorman, Craig LeSchack, Kirby Brown, Todd Merendino, Matt Kaminski and Greg Green. Special thanks to Jim Sutherlin and J.D. Murphree WMA staff for hosting the meeting and assisting with field-tour logistics.