The Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1989 to form the backbone of a wildlife corridor that will link remaining habitat in the Rio Grande delta of extreme south Texas. The the first year of collaboration with American Forests the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service planted over 21,000 native tree species on 100 acres as part of their on-going Cooperative Farming Program. With less than 5% of original habitat remaining, the restoration plan calls for the establishment of the riparian (gallery) forest and matorral (brushland) vegetation which are essential for the recovery of numerous endangered species, such as the Ocelot, Jaguarundi and Aplomado Falcon.
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