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YEAR 2005 - CRP Project #4006 (Gulf of Mexico)

Project #4006
Scenic Galveston Nature Preserve
Invasive Species Control

Texas City, Texas

High-altitude aerial photo of project site

Project name: Scenic Galveston Nature Preserve Invasive Species Control (#4006)
Project status: Complete
Grant Administrator: Gulf of Mexico Foundation (for NOAA)
Grantee: Scenic Galveston Inc.
Project location: within the Scenic Galveston (SG) Nature Preserve, Texas City, Texas
Grant period: Jan 2005 to Jan 2006 (extended to Dec 31, 2020)
Grant amount: $50,000
Land Ownership: Land owned by applicant, a 501(c)(3) conservation service organization; all acreage is under conservation easement and/or deed-restricted for permanent conservation use.
Lat/Long: Project is located at 29.3351 by 94.8955
Types of Habitat: Preserve includes intertidal, brackish, and freshwater marshes, tidal flats, coastal prairie, oyster reefs.
Project leader: Lalise Whorton Mason, Habitat Restoration Chair
                         Scenic Galveston Inc.
                         20 Colony Park Circle
                         Galveston, TX 77551
                         (713) 664-1584 phone
                         (713) 664-1870 fax

Map by Gulf Coast Bird Observatory

Species Benefiting From Restoration:
     red drum (Sciaenops ocellatus)
     spotted seatrout (Cynoscion nebulosus)
     gulf menhaden (Brevoortia patronus)
     southern flounder (Paralichthys lethostigma)
     eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica)
     white shrimp (Linaepenaeus setiferus)
     brown shrimp (Farfantepenaeus aztecus)
     Blue crab (Callinectes sapidus)
     many others

Acres of Habitat To be Restored: Project will focus on the 1,500 Virginia Point acres bounded by Galveston Bay where exotic species invasion is moderate to severe.

Project Summary:
The goal of this project is to protect and enhance the rich diversity of habitats within the SG Nature Preserve, a Gulf Ecological Management Site, by controlling invasive species in the diverse wetland and coastal habitats within the Preserve, involving local community members.

Project Objectives:

  • remove invasive species impacting sensitive habitat areas
  • reestablish, where necessary, native vegetation in treated areas
  • manage preserve, in perpetuity, to prevent reestablishment or any new growth of invasive species, and to maintain diversity of native plant community
  • involve local community to educate citizens on the functions and values of wetlands and coastal habitats, and the threats posed to them

Community Involvement:
As described previously, Scenic Galveston and its Friends of the Estuary adjunct volunteer group is a community based, 100-percent volunteer conservation service/local land trust organization. No grant funds are ever used for administrative overhead, 100 percent of the funds go to direct project costs. Hundreds of volunteers will be involved directly in the restoration effort. Apart from SG hands-on activities, the project will involve a strong public outreach and education component, including developing interpretive signage on invasive species, press coverage, and involving members of the local community in control and management activities. The City of Bayou Vista is a local community partner, and continues to supply volunteers for restoration work in the Preserve. Centerpoint Energy is also a strong supporter of this and related work at the preserve, and the local chapter of the Texas Master Naturalists program have expressed a desire to assist with invasive species removal and related restoration and management work, burning in particular, if implemented. SG also seeks to work with and educate pipeline ROW managers and preserve users on better stewardship practices toward minimizing the continuing spread of invasive species.

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Volunteer work crew - click to enlarge
Nov 19, 2021 - A volunteer work crew removes seed heads and applies herbicide to invasive deep-rooted sedge.

Eastern baccharis - click to enlarge
Nov 22, 2021 - 900 acres of high marsh in the Scenic Galveston preserve were accidentally burned Sept. 17, 2005. While the burn improved habitat by knocking back invasive species, re-sprouts visible at the base of the Eastern baccharis (pictured above) will require follow-up treatment.

Herbicide on Chinese tallow leaves - click to enlarge
Nov 22, 2021 - Foliar spray herbicide mixed with blue dye clings to Chinese tallow leaves following application.

Chinese tallow trees - click to enlarge
Nov 22, 2021 - Standing dead Chinese tallow trees one year after initial treatment in fall 2004. Surviving trees were retreated in fall 2005.

Volunteer Leo Reitan - click to enlarge
Nov 30, 2020 - Stalwart volunteer Leo Reitan hacks and squirts Eastern baccharis invading high marsh in the Scenic Galveston preserve.

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NOAA Restoration Center

Gulf of Mexico Foundation

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Texas Coastal Program

Galveston Bay Estuary Program

Scenic Galveston

Texas Parks and Wildlife

National Marine Fisheries Habitat Conservation Division

City of Bayou Vista

Gulf of Mexico Foundation - PMB 51, 5403 Everhart - Corpus Christi, TX 78411
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