Trust Preserves 646 Wetland Acres in Guadalupe Delta
More than 640 acres of wetlands with key breeding areas, stop-over and wintering habitats for migratory birds are protected in the Guadalupe River Delta, thanks to the Guadalupe-Blanco River Trust. This newly acquired property in Texas will be called the Guadalupe-Blanco River Trust Hog and Schwing Bayous Preserve.
The preserve permanently protects 4.35 miles of riparian streams and is located in a key region where 147,377 acres of land are conserved. The addition of the preserve will help create a corridor of conserved lands, benefit existing projects and promote future environmental partnerships. The surrounding preserved lands are held by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), private landowners, and a conservation easement held by the Trust.
“This is a wonderful success for the region and the [Guadalupe-Blanco River] Trust,” said Janaé Reneaud, interim executive director of the land trust. “We now have a lot of work to do, including developing partners to restore the land for benefit of the waterfowl and other wildlife that depend on the wetland,” she added.
The land acquisition was made possible through the efforts of many partners, including Union Carbide Corporation (a fully-owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company), the assistance of a USFWS grant through the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act, and the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority (GBRA).
The Guadalupe-Blanco River Trust is a charitable, non-profit 501(c)3 organization that was developed to conserve the land and water of the Guadalupe River watershed for its natural, recreational, scenic, historic and productive value. The mission of the land trust is to promote and encourage the conservation, stewardship and enjoyment of the land and water resources of the Guadalupe River watershed, while maintaining its unique and irreplaceable natural heritage.
Photo courtesy of Guadalupe-Blanco River Trust