County: Brazoria, Matagorda
Matagorda Bay System Priority Landscape Conservation Project aims to conserve strategic lands adjacent to the Matagorda Bay/San Antonio Bay complex to help ensure long-term native diversity, productivity and resiliency of the entire bay estuary complex. In this activity, the State of Texas is expected to acquire approximately 6,500 plus acres of high quality coastal habitats including emergent marshes, tidal flats, lagoons and coastal prairie with several miles of frontage on the Matagorda Bay system.
The Houston Parks Board, subrecipient for the project, aims to purchase 80 to 100 acres of land in Clear Creek Greenway, and transfer to the City of Houston, as part of the larger Bayou Greenways initiative to acquire and preserve nearly 4,000 acres of riparian buffer corridors along major waterways, (bayous and creeks) running predominately through Harris County and the City of Houston.
Three properties totaling approximately 1,998 acres were purchased by The Nature Conservancy (TNC). Two of the properties (1,820 acres) were purchased with RESTORE funds. An additional 178-acre tract was purchased with RESTORE funds as well as private funds from the Knobloch Foundation. The added properties will be a corridor of conservation lands that include the Laguna Atascosa and Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge. These properties are expected to ultimately be held by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and become part of the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge.