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Partnership calls attention to private landowner role in water conservation

AUSTIN, Texas – April 24, 2014 – Ducks Unlimited (DU) joined other groups in applauding private landowners who conserve natural resources on their property for the benefit of all Texans during the Soil & Water Stewardship Week. This year's theme was "Land Stewardship: Providing Water for Texans."

11 Texas Ducks Unlimited chapters make Top 100

HOUSTON – April 4, 2014 – The Top 100 is one of the most highly sought-after titles of recognition Ducks Unlimited offers to its local chapters. Each year, the list is comprised of the top 100 fundraising chapters in the United States that raise up to $100,000 through fundraising activities in their communities. Through the efforts of these volunteer committees DU is able to pursue its mission of conserving, enhancing and restoring North America's wetlands. In 2013 11 Texas chapters made the Top 100 list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

Houston Ducks Unlimited chapter No. 1 in the nation

HOUSTON – April 3, 2014 – The President's Elite are among Ducks Unlimited's most prestigious volunteer chapters throughout the nation. Every year, the list is reserved for the chapters that raise $100,000 or more for DU's habitat conservation work. In 2013, the Houston chapter topped the list as the organization's best fundraising chapter.

18 Texas Ducks Unlimited chapters earn place in President's Elite

HOUSTON – April 3, 2014 – The President's Elite are among Ducks Unlimited's most prestigious volunteer chapters throughout the nation. Every year, the list is reserved for the chapters that raise $100,000 or more for DU's habitat conservation work. In 2013, 18 Texas chapters made the list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

DU Project Will Enhance Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge

Ducks Unlimited began work on the final phase of a North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) project on the coastal Chenier Plain of Texas.

TCEQ gives lower basin limited water and a chance at future planning

AUSTIN, Texas – Feb. 27, 2014 – Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) Commissioners decided February 26 to modify the Emergency Order requested by the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA), cutting off interruptible water for agriculture but refusing to adopt a higher trigger level. Members of the Lower Colorado River Basin Coalition, including Ducks Unlimited, were pleased with the outcome.

Some hope for Lower Colorado River Basin stakeholders

AUSTIN, Texas – Feb. 18, 2014 – Members of the Lower Colorado River Basin Coalition celebrated a small victory when the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality did not make a determination on the proposed Lower Colorado River Authority’s Emergency Order increasing the interruptible water cut-off trigger to an unprecedented 1.1 million acre-feet. Commissioners referred the issue to the State Office of Administrative Hearings to deliberate the case. The coalition is working to ensure at least some consideration is given to the land, food production, wildlife, businesses and communities that depend on water releases from the Highland Lakes.

Rogers Hoyt Jr.: Leading Conservation on Both Sides of the Border

Rogers Hoyt, Jr., has been a DU volunteer for approximately three decades, serving in a variety of roles throughout the organization. He is a member of DU's board of directors and was named president of Ducks Unlimited de Mexico at the 2013 DU National Convention. Rogers' story was featured in the 2013 DU Annual Report.

Texas water policy ups and downs

After rains forestalled the Lower Colorado River Authority’s request to cut off in-flows to Matagorda Bay in October, a second victory for Texas water came in November 2013 when DU-supported ballot initiative Proposition 6 passed by a large voter margin.

NAWCA council tours Texas projects

In mid-December 2013, the North American Wetlands Conservation Council and staff toured wetland restoration work in coastal Texas.

Migration Alert: South Texas Hunters Hope for Better Hunting Weather

After a solid start to the waterfowl season, many hunters in Texas's South Zone have reported lackluster results since the season reopened. It has been perplexing for many veteran waterfowlers and outfitters because the coastal prairies and marshes are full of ducks.

Migration Alert: Texas Waterfowlers Looking to Finish Strong

Texas coastal ponds, prairies and marshes rested for 14 days and an Arctic front pushed ducks in from the north. Unfortunately, the second split opener of the 2013-214 season coincided with a full moon, leaving hunters to watch empty skies as sat idle.

Migration Alert: Cold, wet, windy weather a boon for Texas waterfowlers

Soaking rains and unseasonably cold autumn temperatures have been tough on the extremities, but you'll hear no complaints from Texas waterfowlers. Cold air means fresh ducks on the coast.

The Moore-Odom Wildlife Foundation: A Partnership to Protect the Coast

The Moore-Odom Wildlife Foundation is a strong Ducks Unlimited partner on the Gulf Coast. Moore-Odom is working with DU through the Gulf Coast Initiative to conserve the best wintering habitats for ducks and geese on the Gulf. Their story appeared in the 2013 DU Annual Report.

Allison & Doug Frey: Making Connections between the Boreal and the Heartland

Allison and Doug Frey of Midland, Texas, proudly support DU's Boreal Forest Initiative, dedicating to conserving the critical breeding habitats of North America's Boreal Forest for thousands of ducks and geese. Doug is originally from the Rainwater Basin area of Nebraska and clearly sees the connections among protected breeding grounds, healthy migration habitat and the birds he sees in Texas each year. The Freys' story appeared in the 2013 DU Annual Report.

Waterfowl among first beneficiaries of oil spill criminal settlement

HOUSTON – Nov. 15, 2013 – The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) recently announced five projects to restore and enhance habitats for species impacted by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Disaster, including the Gulf Coast Migratory Waterfowl Enhancement Project. Funded through the NFWF-administered Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund, these are the first restoration projects in Texas resulting from the RESTORE Act.

Migration Alert: Waterfowl Season Off to a Strong Start on Texas Coast

It's a good time to be a duck hunter on the Texas Gulf Coast. Timely rains and cold fronts have made for a great beginning to the waterfowl season in this region. The rice prairies of Matagorda, Wharton and Colorado counties have more water now than they have had in recent years, providing vital habitat for wintering ducks, geese and sandhill cranes.

DU-supported proposition on Texas water funding passes by large margin

Proposition 6, the Texas constitutional amendment on water funding supported by Ducks Unlimited, passed with more than 70 percent of the vote in the Nov. 5 statewide elections. Prop 6 will provide $2 billion in onetime funding for Texas Water Plan projects from the state's Rainy Day Fund.

Water, Ducks and People

As demand for water intensifies, DU is working to ensure that waterfowl receive a fair share of this limited resource. By Scott C. Yaich, Ph.D., and Greg Kernohan.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Increases State Grant Contribution

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department increased its state grant allocation from $75,000 to $250,000 in 2013. This commitment brings Texas's cumulative contribution to $3 million for habitat conservation work on the Canadian breeding grounds.

DU says water-use decisions not critters vs. people

HOUSTON – Oct. 7, 2013 – As the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) seeks permission from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to cut off inflows to Matagorda Bay, Ducks Unlimited reminds Texans of the intrinsic link between environment and economy along the Colorado River and the need for all users to share in conserving water.

DU supports Texas constitutional amendment on water funding

Ducks Unlimited is supporting Proposition 6, the Texas constitutional amendment overwhelmingly passed by the both the Texas House and Senate providing onetime water funding out of the state’s Rainy Day Fund.

Migration Alert: Texas Bluewings Arrive Just In Time

The Thursday Outdoors section of the Houston Chronicle, a barometer for many coastal hunters and fishers, painted a bleak picture for opening day teal prospects. What a difference a day makes.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department awards Ducks Unlimited $200,000

HOUSTON – June 28, 2013 – Texas Parks and Wildlife Department awarded Ducks Unlimited $200,000 in state grants funding this year. This commitment brings Texas' cumulative contribution for habitat conservation on Canadian breeding grounds important to Texas' waterfowl to nearly $3 million.

2014 Texas Ducks Unlimited 365 Day Gun Giveaway

The 2014 Texas Ducks Unlimited Inaugural 365 Day Gun Giveaway calendars are on sale now! ($50 Per Calendar)

Ducks Unlimited honors Texas staff member, volunteer leader

HOUSTON – Aug. 20, 2013 – Ducks Unlimited recently awarded Senior Regional Director Tim Soderquist a 2012-13 National Regional Director of the Year award for his outstanding efforts as the top staff fundraiser for the organization. It was his second time winning this award in three years.

Ducks Unlimited offers breakwater prioritization web application

Ducks Unlimited is pleased to announce the availability of its Breakwater Prioritization Report and Web Mapping Application. The leader in wetlands conservation has developed a decision-support tool to prioritize shoreline protection needs along the Texas mid-coast portion of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW) and encourages conservation partners and coastal landowners to utilize the newly available science to most efficiently direct wetlands restoration and protection efforts along the Gulf Coast.

DU, NFWF meet to discuss Gulf Coast restoration

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.

Ducks Unlimited improving habitat at Brazos Bend State Park

HOUSTON – July 23, 2013 – Ducks Unlimited recently completed the first phase of a wetlands restoration project at Brazos Bend State Park. Managed by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), the park provides Houston-area residents outdoor recreation opportunities including fishing, wildlife watching, camping and hiking.

Operation Game Thief Shoot in Houston - August 16th, 2013

If you love the outdoors, bring your best shotgun and rally four of your best friends and come help us support our game wardens, men and women who have dedicated themselves and even put their lives on the line to protect your wildlife resources.

More teal in early-season bag, higher possession limit encourage hunters

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - July 1, 2013 - This fall, early-teal-season hunters may have an opportunity to bag more teal. Additionally, if the Department of Interior finalizes the waterfowl harvest regulations as initially proposed, the possession limit would increase. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed a six-teal bag limit for early teal season and a possession limit for all seasons equivalent to three daily bag limits. Current limits are a four-teal daily bag during the special season and a possession limit of two daily bag limits.

Ducks Unlimited receives Wells Fargo grant to support Gulf Coast conservation

RICHMOND, Texas – June 10, 2013 – Ducks Unlimited recently received a grant from Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) to support wetlands conservation along the Texas coast. The $50,000 grant is part of a $3 million Wells Fargo Environmental Solutions for Communities grant program, which awarded grants to 64 community-based nonprofits nationwide to help support land and water conservation, energy efficiency, infrastructure and educational outreach.

Gulf Coast Initiative

Saving the most critical wintering waterfowl habitat in North America by conserving coastal prairies and marshes along the rapidly disappearing Gulf Coast.

Southern Prairies and Playas Initiative

Protecting, restoring, and enhancing the grasslands and wetlands of the Southern Great Plains to support migrating waterfowl populations in the Central Flyway.

A Hundred Years of Texas Waterfowl Hunting


LCRA again decides to restrict water to rice growers

The Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) has again decided to restrict the water supply to rice growers for the upcoming growing season. Ducks Unlimited is once again disappointed in the decision.

DU Receives Grant for Coastal Work in Texas

Ducks Unlimited recently received a grant of more than $1.4 million from the Coastal Impact Assistance Program (CIAP) for a breakwater project at the J.D. Murphree Wildlife Management Area in Port Arthur, Texas.

Ducks Unlimited Sweet 16 university chapters recognized for outstanding volunteer, fundraising efforts

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - March 27, 2013 - Each spring, Ducks Unlimited announces its Sweet 16 list of top-producing volunteer university chapters throughout the nation. This elite group is considered the best of the best when it comes to fundraising and overall chapter strength.

Ducks Unlimited names Top 100, President's Elite chapters

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - March 12, 2013 - Ducks Unlimited recently announced the 175 volunteer chapters across the nation being honored with Top 100 and President's Elite standings this year. The Top 100 designation is reserved for the top 100 chapters raising up to $100,000 in grassroots income for DU's conservation mission. Chapters raising more than $100,000 are recognized with the President's Elite award.

Ongoing drought forces second year of water withheld from Texas rice growers

RICHMOND, Texas - March 2, 2013 - Although not unexpected in the face of ongoing drought conditions, Ducks Unlimited is once again disappointed in the decision to restrict the water supply to rice growers for the coming growing season.

Texas’ increased lake level requirements not good for ducks

The Lower Colorado River Authority’s (LCRA) Board has reacted to significant political pressure from the lakes communities and the City of Austin and raised the level requirement of Lakes Buchanan and Travis. This change means that unless it rains (and forecasts are not good for that), there will not be water for rice in the LCRA system for another year. This will have a huge negative impact on ducks.

USA Rice-DU partnership

WASHINGTON - Feb. 4, 2013 - A groundbreaking new partnership between the USA Rice Federation (USA Rice) and Ducks Unlimited (DU) was forged recently to serve as a model of cooperation and communication between a farm group and a conservation organization.

Coastal Conservation Association Supports DU Projects

The Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) recently contributed $200,000 to a DU project that will help conserve important coastal wetlands in Matagorda County, Texas.

LCRA move to increase water storage capacity is good for rice, ducks

AUSTIN, Texas – Jan. 16, 2013 – Ducks Unlimited strongly supports the Lower Colorado River Authority's (LCRA) decision to move forward on the development of an off-channel reservoir to provide water in the lower basin for rice farming and wetlands management. DU represents the interests of waterfowl, other wetland-dependent wildlife and waterfowl hunters with respect to Texas water issues.

Migration Alert: Hard Water Sends Birds South

By most accounts, Texas waterfowlers have been enjoying a banner season, especially during the second half of the split.

Houston Chapter Makes History

Ducks Unlimited's 75th Anniversary will be remembered by many as the year the single-event fundraising record was broken... four times!

Texan named to DU board of directors

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Nov. 28, 2012 – Ducks Unlimited has elected Shawn de Cento of San Antonio, Texas, to serve as a regional vice president on the organization's national board of directors.

DU responds to LCRA water allocation decision

AUSTIN, Texas - Nov. 16, 2012 - The Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) board, after lengthy testimony dominated by a large Highland Lakes contingent, passed an emergency order that will likely provide enough water for first crop rice on approximately 50 percent of the fields in Texas's Wharton, Matagorda and Colorado counties.

Portion of funds from $4.5 billion BP settlement to benefit Gulf Coast fish and wildlife

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Nov. 15, 2012 - BP announced today that it will plead guilty to several criminal charges under a settlement agreement reached with the U.S. Department of Justice over its role in the 2010 disaster involving the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, in which an estimated 200 million gallons of crude oil leaked into the Gulf of Mexico. Under the terms of the settlement, BP will pay approximately $4.5 billion in installments over a five-year period, with nearly $2.4 billion going to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), an independent non-profit conservation group chartered by Congress in 1984.

Texas Dedicates Legacy Greenwing Project

A group of DU Legacy Greenwings and their families gathered last July on Mad Island Wildlife Management Area (WMA) near Matagorda to dedicate Texas's third Legacy Greenwing project.

Ducks Unlimited supports off-channel reservoir development to benefit Texas coast wetlands, waterfowl and rice

AUSTIN, Texas - Nov. 9, 2012 - Ducks Unlimited fully supports the Lower Colorado River Authority's (LCRA) move to develop off-channel reservoirs to provide much-needed water resources for Texas mid-coast rice agriculture and wetland management.

Ducks Unlimited elevates Texas water involvement

Conservation leader lends voice to water requirements of wetlands, wildlife

Texas: Dedication to celebrate improvements at Mad Island WMA

MATAGORDA, Texas - July 9, 2012 - Ducks Unlimited and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) partners will celebrate several wetland enhancement projects on Mad Island Wildlife Management Area (WMA) by dedicating the third Legacy Greenwing project in the state near Matagorda on July 21. The dedication will begin at 10 a.m. and is open to the public.

Ducks Unlimited celebrates victory for Gulf Coast restoration

Ducks Unlimited is pleased that key elements of the RESTORE Act were included in the Surface Transportation Extension Act reported out of conference committee today.

Texas Wildlife Management Area Enhanced

Two DU projects are nearing completion on Mad Island Wildlife Management Area (WMA) near Bay City, Texas.

Ducks Unlimited invited to speak to LCRA board

RICHMOND, Texas – June 19, 2012 – Ducks Unlimited was invited by the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) to their June 19 Water Operations Committee meeting to discuss waterfowl habitat impacts from this year's rice water curtailment and ways to collaboratively provide waterfowl habitat in the future.

Texas water organization and DU meeting to discuss rice agriculture, importance to waterfowl

The Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) has invited Ducks Unlimited to their June 19 Water Operations Committee meeting in Austin, Texas. The LCRA denied water for rice agriculture uses in the Texas Mid-Coast this year, essentially eliminating 60,000 acres of important habitat for wintering waterfowl in one of DU’s highest-priority conservation regions.

Gulf Coast sportsmen urge passage of transportation bill with Land and Water Conservation Fund and RESTORE Act funding

BATON ROUGE, La. - June 6, 2012 - Key sportsmen's groups in the Gulf Coast region called on Congress today to maintain provisions for funding land conservation and Gulf Coast restoration in their negotiations on a final transportation authorization bill.

Eight Texas DU chapters earn place in President's Elite

RICHMOND, Texas – March 16, 2012 – The President's Elite are among Ducks Unlimited's most prestigious volunteer chapters throughout the nation. Every year, the list is reserved for the chapters that raise $100,000 or more for DU's habitat conservation work. This past fall, 8 local chapters from Texas – more than any other state – made the President's Elite list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

Ducks Unlimited Sweet 16 university chapters recognized for outstanding volunteer, fundraising efforts in 2011

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - March 23, 2012 - Each spring, Ducks Unlimited announces its Sweet 16 list of top-producing volunteer university chapters throughout the nation.

New Breakwaters Will Conserve Texas Coastal Marshes

Ducks Unlimited is building breakwaters on the San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) and J.D. Murphree Wildlife Management Area (WMA) to protect Texas coastal marsh habitats.

San Antonio Chapter recognized nationally

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – March 20, 2012 – The President's Elite are among Ducks Unlimited's most prestigious volunteer chapters throughout the nation. This past fall, the San Antonio Chapter made the list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

Sabine Chapter recognized nationally

SABINE, Texas – March 20, 2012 – The President's Elite are among Ducks Unlimited's most prestigious volunteer chapters throughout the nation. This past fall, the Sabine Chapter made the list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

Midland Chapter recognized nationally

MIDLAND, Texas – March 20, 2012 – The President's Top 100 is one of the most highly sought-after titles of recognition Ducks Unlimited offers to chapters throughout the nation. Each year, the list is comprised of the top 100 fundraising chapters in the United States. This past fall, the Midland Chapter made the Top 100 list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

Mexia Chapter recognized nationally

MEXIA, Texas – March 20, 2012 – The President's Elite are among Ducks Unlimited's most prestigious volunteer chapters throughout the nation. This past fall, the Mexia Chapter made the list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

Houston Chapter recognized nationally

HOUSTON, Texas – March 20, 2012 – The President's Elite are among Ducks Unlimited's most prestigious volunteer chapters throughout the nation. This past fall, the Houston Chapter made the list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

Galveston Chapter recognized nationally

GALVESTON, Texas – March 20, 2012 – The President's Elite are among Ducks Unlimited's most prestigious volunteer chapters throughout the nation. This past fall, the Galveston Chapter made the list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

Dallas Chapter recognized nationally

DALLAS, Texas – March 20, 2012 – The President's Elite are among Ducks Unlimited's most prestigious volunteer chapters throughout the nation. This past fall, the Corpus Christi Chapter made the list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

Corpus Christi Chapter recognized nationally

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – March 20, 2012 – The President's Elite are among Ducks Unlimited's most prestigious volunteer chapters throughout the nation. This past fall, the Corpus Christi Chapter made the list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

Big Thicket Chapter recognized nationally

CLEVELAND, Texas – March 16, 2012 – The President's Elite are among Ducks Unlimited's most prestigious volunteer chapters throughout the nation. This past fall, the Big Thicket Chapter made the list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

Historic Partnership Formed to Protect the Guadalupe River System

Conservation organizations operating in and around the Guadalupe River Basin of Texas recently formed a historic partnership to conserve wetlands and wildlife in the Guadalupe River system.

Texas Ducks Unlimited Chapters make Top 100

The following chapters earned a spot in the Top 100 out of the more than 2,700 DU chapters nationwide: Brazos Valley, Ellis County-Waxahachie, Ft. Worth, Lee County, Lubbock, Matagorda County, McKinney, Midland, Navasota, Pearland, Rice Belt, Rockport-Fulton, San Jacinto, Shelby County, Texoma-Sherman-Denison, Tomball, Tyler and Winnie-Stowell.

Wetlands conservation leader marks World Water Day

RICMOND, Texas – March 19, 2012 – As the world's leader in wetlands and waterfowl conservation, Ducks Unlimited is drawing attention to this month's milestone 9th Annual World Water Day.

"Caller-Times" columnist David Sikes honored at 2012 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - March 16, 2012 - Ducks Unlimited announced today the winners of the 2012 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards during the 77th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference, held at the Hilton Atlanta. This year's winner in the Communications category is David Sikes, outdoors columnist for the "Corpus Christi Caller-Times."

2012 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards

ATLANTA - March 16, 2012 - Ducks Unlimited announced today the winners of the 2012 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards during the 77th annual North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference, held at the Hilton Atlanta.

Senate vote advances historic conservation funding for Gulf Coast, other key waterfowl habitats

WASHINGTON - March 9, 2012 - After months working side by side with legislators, Ducks Unlimited applauded the Senate's passage of an amendment that could impact not only restoration efforts along the oil-spill-stricken Gulf Coast, but also expand funding for land conservation nationwide.

Ducks Unlimited, partners brief Congress, urge coastal restoration

WASHINGTON - March 5, 2012 - It's been nearly two years since the nation witnessed the largest oil spill in U.S. history. In that time, Congress still has not passed legislation to direct oil spill penalty funds to the Gulf Coast and its multi-billion-dollar natural-resources-based economy.

Ducks Unlimited disappointed in LCRA decision to withhold water

RICHMOND, Texas - March 1, 2012 - Ducks Unlimited is gravely concerned by the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) decision to deny water for agricultural uses in Colorado, Wharton, and Matagorda counties this spring.

Expiration of enhanced tax incentives could mean less conservation easement activity in 2012 after banner year in DU's Southern Region

With the looming expiration of enhanced easement tax incentives on Dec. 31, Ducks Unlimited's Southern Region experienced a banner year for donated conservation easements.

Texas: Prairie Wetlands Project

Ducks Unlimited, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service partnered to create the Texas Prairie Wetlands Project (TPWP). For more information, contact Matt Kaminski at (832) 595-0663 or mkaminski@ducks.org.

Migration Alert: Colder weather improves Texas waterfowling

Texas waterfowlers have had steady success throughout the state and cold weather should continue to improve numbers.

USA Rice Federation presents Ducks Unlimited with 2011 Distinguished Conservation Achievement Award

The USA Rice Federation presented Ducks Unlimited with its second annual Distinguished Conservation Achievement Award on Dec. 8. The award recognizes exemplary leadership and other major contributions to conservation that significantly benefit natural resources, wildlife and America's communities.

Terry Bonno, Transocean Honored at Houston Banquet

Terry Bonno, Senior Vice President of Marketing, and Transocean were honored as the Wetlands Sponsor of the Year at the 41st annual fundraising dinner for Ducks Unlimited - Houston, held October 27.

Migration Alert: Texas - Available water an issue throughout the state

Texas waterfowlers know that the drought will play a role in their hunting success this season. TPWD provides a forecast for three zones.

Ducks Unlimited concerned about drought impacts to waterfowl, rice

River authorities throughout the state, including the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA), are struggling to balance the limited supply of water with the needs of various user groups, including agricultural, municipal, industrial, and wildlife management interests.

NAWCA Grants Hanging in the Budget Balance

Wetland conservation grants approved, but will there be funding?

Migration Alert: Texas teal hunting depends on water

Sept. 15, 2011: Opening day of teal season on the coast was outstanding if you had access to water.

Migration Alert: Teal numbers increasing in Texas

Sept. 8, 2011: Teal concentrating on areas with water, suitable habitat

Migration Alert: Texas Migratory Bird Hunting Report

Sept. 2, 2011: Leveed ponds and fields that have water are holding significant blue-winged teal numbers. Unfortunately, the drought is limiting suitable habitat.

Nestlé Waters North America Continues Commitment to Wetlands Conservation

#1 Bottled Water Company in the U.S. Contributes $250,000 to Ducks Unlimited

Jack Allen chosen for Texas Lone Star Award

The Lone Star Award, the highest annual award DU gives to a District Chairman in Texas was given to Jack Allen, District Chairman for the Hill Country

Texas Elects Incoming State Chairman for 2012-2014

Rob Gokey of Plano, TX was elected as State Chairman for Texas Ducks Unlimited at the annual State Convention June 24th in Corpus Christi

Texas DU Celebrates another great year

Texas Ducks Unlimited celebrated another fantastic year at the annual state convention in Corpus Christi.

6th Annual Budweiser Duck Jam

DU co-hosted the sixth annual Budweiser Duck Jam in Aggieland on Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30 at the Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheatre in College Station, Texas. The weekend of music, barbecue and other activities helped raise money for wetland and associated habitat conservation.

Policy News 3-16

DU to sportsmen: Ask Congress to direct oil spill fines back to Gulf Coast restoration; DU helps protect Miss. land grants funding from massive budget cuts; Natural Resources Trustees announce $1 billion down payment for Gulf Coast restoration efforts

President's Elite Chapters Rise to the Top

Each year a select group of Ducks Unlimited chapters rises to the top of the ranks: the President's Elite chapters, which raise $100,000 or more annually for DU's habitat conservation work. This year, 43 DU chapters achieved President's Elite status.

Ducks Unlimited Names Top 100 Chapters

The Top 100 Chapters are among Ducks Unlimited's most successful chapters throughout the nation. Each year, the list is reserved for the top 100 chapters that raise up to $100,000 in grassroots income for DU's conservation mission.

Twenty-three Texas Ducks Unlimited Chapters Grab National Recognition

Texas Ducks Unlimited volunteers are known for leading the charge for wetlands conservation, and this year 23 DU chapters in Texas rank among the most successful chapters in the nation.

DU Announces 2011 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards

Ducks Unlimited bestowed this year's State/Provincial award to James Sutherlin of Port Arthur, Tx., in the 2011 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards ceremony at the 76th Annual North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Kansas City, Mo.

Policy News 3-4

Texas DU staff focusing policy concerns on water availability

Habitat conditions improve for final weeks in Texas

Varying conditions have been a major factor in hunter success throughout Texas

Migration Update: Dec. 16, 2010 - Texas

Texas Waterfowling Heats Up

Coastal Conservation Association supports Ducks Unlimited

Ducks Unlimited has received a $50,000 grant from Coastal Conservation Association Texas in support of restoration work at the J.D. Murphree Wildlife Management Area in Jefferson County, Texas.

DU to receive $2.5 million grant for Gulf Coast habitat work

Funds will restore, enhance habitat near Gulf Coast marshes MEMPHIS, Tenn. - June 24, 2010 - Ducks Unlimited was notified today it will receive a $2.5 million grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) to provide additional habitat for waterfowl and other birds that will migrate to the Gulf Coast later this year.

Gulf Coast marshes losing ability to support waterfowl, study says

GCJV study reveals significant waterfowl food deficits LAFAYETTE, La. - June 10, 2010 - Gulf Coast Joint Venture (GCJV) scientists recently completed analyses demonstrating that the massive losses of coastal wetlands during the past half-century have reduced the capacity of Gulf Coast marshes to support wintering waterfowl.

Texas Ducks Unlimited volunteer meets with congressional leaders

HOUSTON, Texas - May 18, 2010 - Ducks Unlimited volunteer Sam Smolik traveled from Houston, Texas, to Washington, D.C., last week to meet with congressional leaders and discuss wetlands conservation issues. Smolik and DU staff members sat down with Texas representatives and their staffs to explain the benefits of North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grants for Texas and the North American waterfowl population.

Ducks Unlimited restores Texas coast

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has awarded Ducks Unlimited contracts for fourteen projects directed to restore coastal marsh habitats and repair damaged infrastructure affected by Hurricane Ike. The projects will restore areas on public lands that provide crucial habitat for waterfowl and other wetland-dependent species as well as improve flood and storm surge protection for coastal residents and interests.

Sixteen Texas DU chapters make Top 100

Texas DU volunteers leading the conservation mission MEMPHIS, Tenn. - March 1, 2010 - The President's Top 100 are among Ducks Unlimited's elite chapters in the nation. Every year, the list is reserved for the 100 chapters that raise the most grassroots dollars for DU's habitat conservation work. Sixteen Texas DU chapters have made the list, and Texas DU volunteers are leading the charge for wetlands conservation.

Ozarka Brand Natural Spring Water and Ducks Unlimited Restore Texas Wetlands

Ozarka Brand Natural Spring Water has donated $30,000 to Ducks Unlimited for wetland conservation efforts in Texas. The partnership is designed to benefit wetlands throughout Texas and around Ozarka’s bottled water facility in Hawkins.

Water Restrictions Threaten Waterfowl, Rice Production

Limited water resources in the Highland Lakes are driving the Lower Colorado River Authority to propose reductions in “interruptible” water, the lifeblood of rice farmers and other producers that rely on LCRA’s irrigation districts in Matagorda, Colorado and Wharton counties. Ducks Unlimited (DU) representatives expressed their concern over the proposed restrictions at a public meeting on October 20 in Matagorda.

Dallas Safari Club, Ducks Unlimited join forces in promotional efforts

DALLAS - Dallas Safari Club (DSC) and Ducks Unlimited are working together to strengthen the overall public reach and conservation impacts of two major sporting conventions in 2010.

Texas Landowners and Sustainable Agriculture

Texas landowners had the opportunity last week to hear from a variety of experts on sustainable agriculture. Staff representing Syngenta, Texas Prairie Wetlands Project (TPWP), and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) conducted workshops to increase awareness of and participation in sustainable agricultural programs and practices.

Win a Texas Waterfowl Adventure!

The Winner of the Texas Waterfowl Adventure and up to three of their invited guests will experience a series of three exciting waterfowl hunting trips on some of the best waterfowl areas in Texas. Trips include a Coastal Prairies guided hunt for snows, blues and white-fronted geese; a guided duck hunt in the Coastal Marshes; and a hunt for wood ducks and mallards in East Texas.

Work Begins On Texas Coast Restoration Project

RICHMOND, Tx., May 4, 2009 – Ducks Unlimited recently began restoration work supported by a North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant to enhance 6,841 acres of wetland habitat along the Texas coast. Partners contributed more than $2.8 million to match the $1 million received from the federal grant.

DU and Partners Receive $1 Million for Texas Wetlands Restoration

RICHMOND, Tx., March 30, 2009 – Ducks Unlimited was awarded a North American Wetlands Conservation Act grant to enhance over 5,728 acres of wetland habitat in Chambers and Jefferson counties along the Texas coast. Partners contributed more than $2 million to match the $1 million received from the federal grant. The project will restore high priority wintering habitat for waterfowl and other migratory birds within the Chenier Plain of Texas.

Hurricanes Impact Wildlife Habitat in Texas and Louisiana

Ducks Unlimited Urges Congress to Support Habitat Restoration Efforts September 22, 2008 – Ducks Unlimited urges Congress to act quickly to help state and federal wildlife agencies, farmers and ranchers recover from the damage done by Hurricanes Gustav and Ike by funding restoration and recovery efforts that will enable them to continue with farming, ranching or other habitat programs that provide critically important wetland habitat on their lands. Waterfowl, other migratory birds and resident wildlife species depend heavily on habitat provided on public and private lands in the storm-impacted areas.

Alazan Bayou Wildlife Management Area Shows Improvements

Alazan Bayou Wildlife Management Area Shows Improvements- Richard Harrison

New Conservation Reserve Program Focuses on Coastal Prairies

USDA’s State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement Targets Texas Coast RICHMOND, Tx. July 3, 2008 – Texas farmers have a new opportunity to enroll acreage in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's popular Conservation Reserve Program through an initiative that focuses specifically on wildlife - State Acres For Wildlife Enhancement. Signup began June 30 for the Gulf Coast Prairies SAFE program designed to restore 14,400 acres of native grasslands and shallow wetlands along the Texas Gulf Coast.

Caddo Lake Under Seige By Invasive Plants

Ducks Unlimited & Syngenta Support Restoration Partnership The Cypress Valley Navigation District (CVND) held a celebration yesterday on Caddo Lake to thank partners for their aid in controlling non-native vegetation on the lake. Ducks Unlimited (DU), through a partnership with Syngenta, has provided $20,000 of aquatic herbicide to assist in the campaign against giant salvinia & water hyacinth. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) was recognized for their donation of an airboat for use in herbicide treatments as well.

Researchers Study Mottled Ducks in Western Gulf Coast

Researchers Study Mottled Ducks in Western Gulf Coast NFWF Grant from Shell Marine and NOAA Fund Mottled Duck Conservation LAFAYETTE, La., April 10, 2008 – Partners of the Gulf Coast Joint Venture (GCJV) are conducting research on mottled duck survival and habitat use along the Texas and Louisiana coasts. Ducks Unlimited and other conservation partners of the GCJV will use information from the study to refine habitat conservation and management strategies for enhancing the growth of mottled duck populations.

Third Annual "Duck Jam" in Aggieland concert set for April 26

MEMPHIS, Tenn. March 25, 2008 - Ducks Unlimited (DU) and Budweiser will host the third annual Budweiser Duck Jam in Aggieland on Saturday, April 26 at Wolf Pen Creek amphitheatre in College Station, Texas. Ticket prices are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the show. Prices include a membership to Ducks Unlimited and all proceeds from the show benefit Ducks Unlimited’s conservation efforts.

Texas DU delivers conservation message to Congress

WASHINGTON – February 28, 2008 - Houston, Texas resident and senior Ducks Unlimited volunteer Sam Smolik traveled to Washington D.C. to meet with representatives, senators and other policymakers to discuss the organization’s conservation priorities. Smolik met personally with Rep. John Culberson and individually with staff from the offices of Texas Sens. John Cornyn and Kay Bailey Hutchison.

Texas DU Seeks Sponsor Artist

Texas Ducks Unlimited is seeking submissions for the state sponsor print

Ducks Unlimited Celebrates World Wetlands Day with Youth

Ducks Unlimited hosts youth waterfowl hunts in North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Mississippi, Kentucky and Tennessee this weekend. These hunts fall on World Wetlands Day, a day to celebrate and share the importance of wetlands world-wide. Attendees have the opportunity to make a personal connection with wetlands through waterfowl hunting.

Texas Duck Tour Set to Kick Off

Chester Moore, Executive Editor for Texas Fish and Game and Ducks Unlimited, set off for a whirlwind waterfowling hunting trip of Texas.

Texas Fish & Game names Chester Moore Executive Editor

Texas Fish & Game names Chester Moore Executive Editor

1st Annual Lone Star Continental Shoot a Success

1st Annual Lone Star Continental Shoot a Success

Soderquist Named Regional Director of the Year

Soderquist Named Regional Director of the Year

Texans Elected to DU Board of Directors

Texans Elected to DU Board of Directors

Ducks Unlimited praises Congress for reviewing Great Plains grassland losses - TX

Ducks Unlimited praises Congress for reviewing Great Plains grassland losses

Conserving Texas Prairie Wetlands

DU and its partners are working to reverse habitat declines in this important wintering area.

Date Set for 2nd Annual Budweiser Duck Jam

Date Set for 2nd Annual Budweiser Duck Jam

Lone Star Continental Shoot Rides Into Texas

Lone Star Continental Shoot Rides Into Texas

Winter Wheat delivers the green on Canada’s Prairies - TX

Winter Wheat delivers the green on Canada’s Prairies

Waterfowl Habitat Enhancement Complete on McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge

PORT ARTHUR, Texas, Nov. 27, 2006 – Ducks Unlimited helped restore more than 2,200 acres of significant freshwater marsh along the upper Texas Gulf Coast. Wetland managers can now regulate water levels, control undesirable vegetation and promote the growth of wetland plants beneficial to waterfowl and other wildlife.

Meadows Foundation Contributes to Waterfowl Habitat Conservation Along Texas Gulf Coast

Richmond, Texas, November 16, 2006 – A proposed 14,500 acres of Texas Gulf Coast wetlands and associated uplands will be positively impacted with help from the Meadows Foundation. Ducks Unlimited (DU) received a $225,000 contribution from the Foundation and will use this money toward the Texas Prairie Wetlands Project. DU will also combine these funds with other partner funds to help earn a federal North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant.

Texas, DU Mark 20 Years of Waterfowl Conservation

Texas, DU Mark 20 Years of Waterfowl Conservation

Completed Conservation Project - McFaddin NWR

The purpose of this project was to enhance management capabilities and improve the overall value of Willow Slough to waterfowl. Partners installed a spillway and a water control structure that enables managers to regulate water levels.

DU & conservation partners protect critical block of South Dakota breeding grounds - TX

DU & conservation partners protect critical block of South Dakota breeding grounds

Texas Based Waterfowl Book to Benefit Ducks Unlimited

Texas Based Waterfowl Book to Benefit Ducks Unlimited

Duck Jam In Aggieland Takes Off

Duck Jam In Aggieland Takes Off

Randalls Grocery Stores Supports Ducks Unlimited Through ‘Good Neighbor’ Program

Randalls Grocery Stores Supports Ducks Unlimited Through ‘Good Neighbor’ Program

ExxonMobil Exceeds Half Million In Gifts to DU

ExxonMobil Exceeds Half Million In Gifts to DU

Texas DU Chapters Recognized Nationally

Texas DU Chapters Recognized Nationally

Local Sportsman’s Lodge Helps DU Restore Wetland Habitat at Guadalupe Delta WMA - TX

Partners recently celebrated the completion of a 55-acre freshwater wetland at Guadalupe Delta Wildlife Management Area (WMA). Habitat work was completed in large part due to a generous donation by Midland, Texas DU volunteers Jack and Joe Campbell, owners of the Lone Star Lodge in Port O’Connor, Texas. Donated funds were used to install a low levee and one water control structure for area staff to manage water levels for the production of high quality waterfowl foods.

Texas Prairie Wetlands Project

The Texas Prairie Wetlands Project (TPWP) reached a benchmark of 35,000 wetland acres conserved along the Texas Gulf Coast. The program’s success is due to the strong partnership forged among Ducks Unlimited, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and private landowners.

DU Texas conservation efforts welcome southbound waterfowl

Texas, part of the Central Flyway, provides important winter habitat for waterfowl that are produced in the U.S. and Canadian prairies.

Oaks and Prairies, Edwards Plateau, Tamaulipas Brushlands and Chihuahuan Desert

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's habitat conservation work in the Oaks and Prairies priority area

West Gulf Coastal Plain

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's habitat conservation efforts in the West Gulf Coastal Plain priority area

Southern Great Plains

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's habitat conservation work in the Southern Great Plains priority area.

Gulf Coastal Prairie

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's Gulf Coastal Prairie priority area.

Brazos Valley Chapter

The Brazos Valley DU Chapter had nothing short of a packed house for their banquet this past February in College Station, Texas. With more than 400 pre-sold tickets, the chapter improved its revenue by over 30 percent and gained 100 new members. Thanks to great leadership from Co-District-Chairmen Ben and Michelle Jones, the chapter added eight new committee members, resulting in more pre-sold tickets, sponsorships and underwritings.

Lower Rio Grande Valley NWR

USFWS wished to restore the historic wetland function of the site, and increase habitat values for a host of wintering, migrant, and resident wildlife species with an emphasis on priority species such as migratory birds and sensitive species.

McFaddin NWR - Wild Cow Bayou

Over the past 50 years, the Texas Gulf Coast has experienced significant wetland loss due to encroaching development pressures, changes in local agricultural practices, degraded hydrology, and increased salt-water intrusion. The Wild Cow Bayou Project is part of Ducks Unlimited’s and our partners’ long-term commitment to protect, restore, and enhance vital wetland habitat along the Texas Gulf Coast.

Galveston, Texas, Chapter

With the sheer devastation Hurricane Ike left in its wake, most believed it would be years before Galveston, Texas, would return to its former glory. This was not the mindset of Rusty Legg, chairman of the Ducks Unlimited Galveston Chapter. Legg, a longtime DU volunteer and committee member since 1975, understood that Galvestonians were resilient, and he rallied his members, giving the city something to look forward to from this 39-year-old DU chapter.

Mexia, Texas, DU Chapter

The Mexia Chapter holds an event in a town with no more than 6,500 people and still manages to pack 625 people in to their event. Focused on raising money for habitat conservation, the Mexia Chapter emphasizes having a great time at all their events.

Texas Teal & Trout

Blue-winged teal, speckled trout, and redfish are a classic Gulf Coast combo.

Where Texas'' Ducks Come From

The Prairie Pothole Region is critical to Texas waterfowl hunters. The vast majority of Texas’ annual duck harvest migrates to us from the Prairie Pothole Region, also referred to as “the duck factory”.

Trouble for Texas Pintails

Wintering habitat loss in this state’s coastal counties may be contributing to declining pintail populations.

Conserving Texas Prairie Wetlands

Working to reverse habitat declines in this important wintering area

McFaddin NWR Willow Slough

The purpose of this project was to enhance management capabilities and improve the overall value of Willow Slough to waterfowl. Partners installed a spillway and a water control structure that enables managers to regulate water levels. The enhanced ability to regulate water levels facilitates control of undesirable vegetation and encourages growth of wetland plants that are beneficial to waterfowl and other wildlife.

Redhead Central

Record numbers of wintering redheads may be pushing the limits of their food supplies on the Laguna Madre of Texas and Mexico.

San Bernard NWR Marsh Restoration

Restoration work done by Ducks Unlimited in Texas' San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge

Texas Conservation Projects

Ducks Unlimited habitat conservation projects in Texas. These projects benefit waterfowl, other wildlife and people. View sample projects, project map and more.

J.D. Murphree WMA - Compartment 12 Enhancement

To enhance wetland management capabilities by replacing the current water control structure in Compartment 12 with a new structure along the southern boundary of the wetland unit. Replacing this structure will enable better control of water levels within the compartment, thus enhancing the managers’ ability to maintain fresh to intermediate marsh for the benefit of waterfowl and waterbirds.

Peach Point WMA

This page lists conservation projects in the Peach Point WMA.

Peach Point WMA - Redfish Bayou Impoundment

To restore 260 acres of freshwater wetlands on Peach Point WMA through construction of levees and installation of several water control structures. Enhancements associated with this project include: construction of 3,000 feet of earthen levee, installation of 48 inch water control structures, construction of 180 feet of reinforced concrete emergency spillway, and 1 mile of canal excavation to provide water management capabilities.

Peach Point WMA - Relift Pump Project

This project involves installation of a relift pump and construction of a water distribution system to flood three impoundments on Peach Point WMA with freshwater. Installation of a relift pump will provide a means of managing water depths and vegetative composition.

Peach Point WMA - Stringfellow Wetland Projects

To restore 599 acres of freshwater and moist-soil wetlands on Peach Point WMA through construction of levees and installation of several water control structures. On the North Stringfellow Tract, enhancements associated with this project include: 1 mile of levee construction to capture water flow from a drainage swale to create approximately 305 acres of freshwater marsh habitat.

Mad Island WMA

This page lists conservation projects on the Mad Island WMA.

Mad Island WMA - Savage Marsh Moist-Soil Units

To restore 340 acres of moist-soil habitat on Mad Island WMA through construction of levees and installation of several aluminum water control structures. Shallow freshwater sites are very scarce on the WMA, thus the creation of moist-soil units in strategic places will increase the diversity of wetland vegetation and wetland dependent wildlife using the property.

Mad Island WMA - Rattlesnake Island Bayou

To construct a rock weir along Rattlesnake Island Bayou, thus enhancing 600 acres of brackish marsh and submerged aquatics on Mad Island WMA. This project will involve backfilling Rattlesnake Island Bayou with oyster shells to mean high tide levels. Reduction of tidal energy will aid in restoration of the original brackish/intermediate marsh plant communities that once existed in the area.

Mad Island WMA - Brant Lake and Big Muddy Lake

This project will involve the aerial application of herbicides (Rodeo) to noxious stands of cattail within and around the perimeter of both Brant Lake and Big Muddy Lake on Mad Island WMA. Approximately 350 acres of cattail vegetation will be sprayed with herbicides to control further encroachment and help re-establish productive freshwater submerged plant communities.

Mad Island WMA - Crab Lake Rock Weirs

To construct two rock weirs in tidal canals on Mad Island WMA, thus enhancing 382 acres of brackish marsh and submerged aquatics. By backfilling the tidal canals with rock, the amount of tidal energy and saltwater intrusion into managed areas will be reduced.

Guadalupe Delta Wildlife Management Area

This page lists conservation projects in the Guadalupe Wildlife Management Area.

Hynes Bay and Buffalo Marsh Complex

Hynes Bay - This project will create 2 impoundments consisting of intermediate to brackish marsh habitats on Guadalupe Delta WMA. An old roadway will be converted into a levee for both impoundments and several water control structures will be installed. Buffalo Marsh Complex - This project will create 4 sub-impoundments consisting of freshwater marsh habitats totaling 250 acres. The existing system has adequate capabilities to flood or drain the wetlands, but it is not efficient.

Alligator Slide Lake Marsh Terracing

To install marsh terraces on Alligator Slide Lake to reduce wave action and promote establishment of emergent and submergent vegetation. With reduced wind fetch and water turbidity, quality waterfowl foods such as pondweeds and other aquatics can establish and thrive. In addition, the marsh terraces will be vegetated to enhance available food resources and nesting habitat. The Guadalupe Delta Wildlife Management Area is open to public waterfowl hunting.

Guadalupe Delta WMA - Hog Bayou Moist-Soil Units

This project involves establishment of 8 moist-soil units west of Hog Bayou in the Mission Lake Unit of Guadalupe Delta WMA. Size of each unit will range from 5 - 50 acres and involve construction of levees and installation of water control structures. Inundation of the moist-soil units will be accomplished through normal rainfall and/or pumping freshwater from Hog Bayou.

World Birding Center – Estero Llano Grande State Park Wetland Restoration

To restore and create shallow emergent wetlands in the Lower Rio Grande Valley for migratory and wintering ducks, nesting whistling ducks, and an array of shorebirds, wading birds, and songbirds. This project installed levees, water control structures, and an irrigation system for management of water levels.

Taylor Lakes WMA - Cattail Lake Restoration

To restore Cattail Lake by returning it to its historic open water condition. A soil survey indicates that approximately 18 inches of sediment has been deposited on the lake bottom, thereby resulting in cattail encroachment and loss of wetland habitat. The surrounding uplands have been converted to native grass habitat, effectively preventing future erosion and silt deposition.

Buffalo Lake NWR - Moist-Soil Complex

To restore 40 acres of moist-soil habitat on Buffalo Lake NWR through construction of internal levees and installation of several water control structures. The project area has a dependable source of water, a well is in place and water rights have been obtained. This project will create five waterfowl impoundments that enhance management capabilities adjacent to Buffalo Lake.

Gene Howe WMA - Seep Ponds

This project involves the enhancement of two existing seep ponds (22 acres of moist-soil habitat) on Gene Howe WMA. Excavation activities associated with this project will consist of removal and installation of an existing water control structure.

Playa Lakes WMA - Dimmitt Playa

To restore 420 acres of wildlife habitat on the Dimmitt Playa through moist-soil enhancement and tame grass restoration. Conservation partners will provide two wells, pumps, and water distribution system.

North Toledo Bend WMA - Wetland Enhancement

To facilitate water management on 500 acres, regardless of Toledo Bend Reservoir water levels. This was accomplished through installation of a large water control structure and improved levee. The area provides excellent waterfowl habitat in the form of moist-soil plants, submerged aquatic vegetation, flooded timber, and cypress swamps.

Alazan Bayou WMA

This page lists conservation projects in the Alazan Bayou WMA.

Alazan Bayou WMA - Bottomland Hardwoods

To acquire 1,973 acres of bottomland hardwood habitat, thus establishing Alazan Bayou WMA. This project will protect one of the largest remaining tracts of bottomland forests along the Angelina River floodplain. The site itself is best described as a wetland complex consisting of riverine habitats, oxbow lakes, and several other bottomland community types that provide suitable waterfowl habitat.

Alazan Bayou WMA - Moist-Soil Management Area

To restore 325 acres of moist-soil habitat on Alazan Bayou WMA through construction of levees, installation of water control structures and a water distribution system. The land was formerly bottomland hardwood habitat that was converted to agriculture.

Old Sabine Bottom WMA - Bottomland Hardwoods

To acquire 4,937 acres of bottomland hardwood habitat, thus establishing Old Sabine Bottom WMA. This project will protect one of the largest remaining tracts of bottomland forests in the Sabine River floodplain. The site itself is best described as a wetland complex consisting of riverine habitats, oxbow lakes, and several other bottomland community types that provide suitable waterfowl habitat.

Gus Engeling WMA - Wetlands Restoration

To restore 141 acres of green-tree reservoir and moist-soil habitat on Gus Engeling WMA. This project included construction of levees and installation of water control structures to create three waterfowl impoundments on the management area.

Keechi Creek WMA - Wetlands Restoration

To enhance 50 acres of green-tree reservoir habitat on Keechi Creek WMA through construction of levees and installation of water control structures. The bottomland hardwood forests and associated wetlands provide life support requisites for a wide variety of resident and migratory wildlife in East Texas. Water-level manipulation through green-tree reservoirs will improve the availability of fallen mast (primarily acorns) to wintering mallards and wood ducks.

Richland Creek WMA - Tarrant Co. Water Quality

The Tarrant County Water Management District (TCWMD) supplies about 60% of the drinking water for the Dallas/Fort Worth area. An assessment of future water needs determined that the TCWMD would exceed present water supply by approximately 50% over the next 50 years.

Big Lake Bottom WMA - Bottomland Hardwoods

To acquire 1,093 acres of bottomland hardwood habitat adjoining Big Lake Bottom WMA. The acquisition sites are part of the largest contiguous block of bottomland hardwoods remaining on the upper reaches of the Trinity River, an area that has been largely cleared for agriculture.

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