The Migratory Bird Conservation Commission has approved $61.3 million in funding to protect, restore and enhance more than 205,000 acres of wetlands and associated uplands in the United States, Canada and Mexico, including several refuge projects in Texas.
“Conservation of our nation’s wetlands is critical to protecting our wildlife, watersheds, coastal communities and important economic activities,” said Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, chair of the commission. “Wetlands not only are home to hundreds of species of migratory birds, but they also provide us with clean water, act as buffers against storms, support our vibrant coastal fishing industries, and provide unique opportunities for outdoor recreation.”
The three Texas refuges are:
Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge, Chambers County. Boundary addition and price approval for a high-priority 1,227-acre tract for $1,718,200.
San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge, Brazoria County. Boundary addition and price approval for 30 acres for $138,500.
Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge, Liberty County. Boundary addition and price approval for 234 acres for $162,399.