Purpose: 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. The Gene Howe WMA serves as both a wintering and breeding area for ducks, geese, and other wetland birds in the Central Flyway. While nesting habitat is abundant on the WMA, open water habitats for breeding pairs and broods is limiting. This project is managed by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to maintain high quality wetland habitat for breeding and wintering waterfowl, while providing additional hunting opportunities.

Location: Approx. 7 miles northeast of Canadian, TX (Hemphill County)

Acres Impacted: 22 acres

Habitat Type: Moist-soil wetlands

Partners: Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Ducks Unlimited, Inc
Playa Lakes Joint Venture

Timeline: Construction was completed in fall 2001

DU Contact:

Keith McKnight
Regional Biologist
1620 FM 2218
Richmond, TX 77469
(832) 595-0663