By Jared Kennedy, Texas BHA Vice Chair
October, over 15,000 acres of unspoiled coastal habitat was transferred to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), finalizing a multi-year, $37.7 million land acquisition deal spearheaded by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation. A coalition of conservation organizations and wildlife agencies, including TPWD, The Nature Conservancy, The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the Conservation Fund worked to acquire the Calhoun County coastal prairie parcel.
“The department is privileged to be the steward of this unique and ecologically significant piece of the Texas Coast that the conservation community has worked so hard to protect,” said Clayton Wolf, TPWD Wildlife Division Director. “We look forward to managing these valuable natural resources for current and future generations of Texans to enjoy.”
Described as a ‘sportsman’s paradise’ the 15,000+ acres will be managed by TPWD as a Wildlife Management Area and will be accessible to hunters and anglers. In fact, the first public deer hunt occurred the week following the finalization of the transfer. Increased public access will be available as infrastructure additions allow.
The Texas Chapter of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers applauds TPWD, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation and the many organizations that labored to add this valuable Wildlife Management Area to the rolls of public lands accessible by hunters and anglers in the Lone Star State.