Port Arthur area wetlands targeted for restoration efforts – Port Arthur News


Proponents of wetlands in and around the city limits of Port Arthur receive an injection of funds.

Grant funds were recently awarded to JD Murphree Wildlife Management Area in Jefferson County. Work on the project will improve 1,002 acres of developed wetlands on the property by removing accumulated sediment and will also improve water level management capability.

“Jefferson County appreciates Ducks Unlimited for keeping the momentum going to restore Texas’ largest coastal marsh located here on the Chenier Plain,” said Jefferson County Judge Jeff R. Branick, a longtime volunteer. AU date and member of the Coastal Coordination Advisory Committee.

Ducks Unlimited recently received a $ 1.5 million grant from the North American Wetlands Conservation Act to support restoration. The grant will be combined with $ 3 million in matching funds from the Texas General Land Office and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation.

The Star Lake Marsh and Shore Protection Project will enhance and protect 3,477 acres of cool, intermediate and brackish wetlands and other critical habitat at McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge and adjacent private lands in Jefferson County. The work will include the construction of approximately 1.4 miles of rock breakwaters along the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway.

The breakwater structure will protect the wetlands located on the project site, enhancing critical habitat on public lands.

The JD Murphree Wildlife Management Area is a 24,498 acre expanse of freshwater, intermediate, and brackish coastal marsh on the upper Texas coast.

An additional 11,231.23 acre parcel was added to the area in August 1997, as part of a Sheldon WMA land swap for land in Sea Rim State Park. This acreage was added to the Lost Lake unit and renamed the Salt Bayou unit (15,595 acres).

The area represents the coastal marshes of the Texas Chenier Plain and is managed as wetland habitat with particular emphasis on migratory waterfowl habitat. The Hillebrandt unit (591 acres) was added to the area as a mitigation in 1987. These wetlands are part of the Texas Chenier Plain, the westernmost geological delta of the Mississippi River.

The head office of the WMA is located on the south side of Highway 73, at the intersection of Jade Avenue in Port Arthur.

Hats off to the AU, the Texas General Land Office, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation, and the US Department of the Interior for finding creative solutions to conserve our swamp vegetation, soils, and good water hydrology. sweet and salty, ”said Branick.

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