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YEAR 2006 - CRP Project #5006 (Gulf of Mexico)

Project #5006
Sand Dune Restoration and Shoreline Protection
at McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge

Sabine Pass, Texas

Project name: Sand Dune Restoration and shoreline Protection at McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge (#5006)
Project status: Complete
Grant Administrator: Gulf of Mexico Foundation (for NOAA)
Grantee: McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge
Project location: 13 miles east of Sabine Pass, Jefferson County, Texas
Grant period: Feb 1, 2021 to May 31, 2021
Grant amount: $10,000
Land Ownership: Public
Types of Habitat: sand dune
Project leader: Marty Bray, Refuge Manager
                         McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge
                         P.O. Box 609
                         Sabine Pass, TX 77655
                         (409) 971 2909 phone
                         409 971 2401 fax

Dune restoration project site June 3 2005, before Hurricane Rita

Same area as above after Hurricane Rita. The dune was damaged, but
it blocked the tidal surge, protecting wetlands from saltwater intrusion
and reducing shoreline erosion.

Species Benefiting From Restoration:
  • Kempís Ridley sea turtle (Lepideochelys kempi)
  • Leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea coriacea)
  • Piping plover
  • Least tern

Acres of Habitat To be Restored: This project will restore 1.5 miles of sand dune restoration on McFaddin NWR.

Project Summary:
Restore and stabilize 1.5 miles of sand dune habitat by constructing sand fence and planting native vegetation.
Capture blowing beach sand with a sand fence and anchor it with native vegetation and consequently build elevation that will prevent shoreline erosion and saltwater intrusion to the freshwater marsh behind the dune.
Provide future nesting habitat for Kempís Ridley sea turtles.
Sand dune habitat will be restored by transplanting root stock of Atlantic panicum grass on either side of the newly constructed sand dune. This grass species has proven to be well adapted to growing in this zone, and can quickly stabilize a sand dune as well as accumulate additional sand.


NOAA Restoration Center

Gulf of Mexico Foundation

Texas Parks and Wildlife

Sea Rim State Park

British Petroleum of America

McFaddin and Texas Point Refuges

Alliance, Inc.

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