The ExxonMobil Foundation recently awarded a generous grant of $82,000 to Ducks Unlimited in support of habitat conservation efforts along the Texas Gulf Coast. DU will use these funds to support the Magnolia Cut project at the J.D. Murphree Wildlife Management Area near Sabine Pass, Texas. Other project partners include the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the North American Wetlands Conservation Council.
The Foundation’s lifetime giving to DU exceeds $500,000, thereby qualifying ExxonMobil for the Gold Legacy designation.
ExxonMobil’s gift will fund efforts to stop erosion, repair levees, and replace two water control structures that help prevent saltwater intrusion. These measures will allow necessary water-level manipulation and enable wildlife managers to produce conditions favorable for growth of aquatic vegetation used as forage and cover by wintering waterfowl. These efforts also will maintain shallow-water conditions preferred by dabbling ducks, wading birds, and shorebirds, resulting in more foraging habitat for waterfowl, better birding, and a healthier coastal ecosystem.
Since 1993, the ExxonMobil Foundation has supported DU habitat conservation projects in Wyoming, Louisiana, and Texas. The Foundation’s generosity has helped restore thousands of acres of bottomland hardwood trees in Louisiana and along the Mississippi River.
Ducks Unlimited is deeply grateful to the foundation for its continued partnership in providing critical funding for restoration of wetlands habitat.