This project will restore degraded wetlands and adjacent wildlife habitat by planting 212,000 native hardwood trees on 75% of the area and native grasses on the rest. The land, in an alluvial floodplain along 2 miles of the Red River, in Texas, was previously drained and farmed. This private agricultural land is being restored in partnership with the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the owner. NRCS, through its Wetlands Reserve Program, will have a 30-year conservation easement on the property. The owner (and agencies involved) report that it is expected to remain as forested wetlands well after the easement expires. Numerous migratory and wetland birds will benefit, including the federally threatened and endangered Bald Eagle and Interior Least Tern. Additional threatened and endangered species of Texas that will benefit include the Canebrake Rattlesnake, Alligator Snapping Turtle and Wood Stork. This project will also serve as a model for future restoration projects on private land and will create flood storage, sediment control and will improve water quality. Additional funding for this project was provided by NRSC, Ducks Unlimited, Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept., USFWS, EPA, East Texas Wetlands Project and the private landowner.
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