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Ducks Unlimited

(From left) Tanner Stafford, CenterPoint Energy senior environmental specialist; Matt Bunn, DU managing director of development; Taylor Abshier, DU regional biologist; Gloria Bounds, CenterPoint Energy community relations manager; Andi Cooper, DU director of foundation relations; Alicia Dixon, CenterPoint Energy director of community relations; Theresa Sauls, CenterPoint Energy community relations regional manager; and Kevin Hartke, DU manager of conservation programs.


Ducks Unlimited recently completed a project to restore management capacity on 4,000 acres of coastal marsh on the East Unit of Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge in Texas. The 37,000-acre refuge is located on the Gulf Coast just outside the Houston metropolitan area and approximately 33 miles from Galveston. The $1 million Jackson Ditch Project was supported by CenterPoint Energy, the CenterPoint Energy Foundation, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).

“Support from corporate partners like CenterPoint Energy is critical for DU’s conservation mission,” said DU Director of Foundation Relations Andi Cooper. “We are proud to work together with partners like USFWS and companies like CenterPoint Energy to implement wetland conservation projects that enhance resilience, outdoor recreation opportunities, and water quality in communities important to the company’s employees and customers.”

Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1963 to provide wintering and migration habitat for ducks and geese. The USFWS manages the coastal marsh for migratory and resident waterfowl, shorebirds, and waterbirds. One of three refuges in the Texas Chenier Plain National Wildlife Refuge Complex, it is a designated Globally Important Bird Area, Monarch Waystation, and Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network Site of International Importance.

“We are honored to award this grant for $50,000 to Ducks Unlimited,” said Alicia Dixon, director of community relations for CenterPoint Energy. “We’re proud to invest in the communities we serve by supporting programs that improve quality of life and climate-friendly agricultural practices that provide a host of benefits for wildlife and the environment.”

The CenterPoint Energy Foundation strives to be a catalyst in its communities by leveraging everyday opportunities and resources to achieve extraordinary outcomes. That is why the company invests in initiatives that not only improve its stakeholders’ lives today, but also build a solid foundation for tomorrow. The foundation focuses on ensuring a high quality of life in the communities served by CenterPoint Energy.