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Events and Information / Powderhorn Ranch Acquisition Update
« on: November 15, 2014, 12:04:53 PM »
Walmart Acres for America Program Makes $525,000
Grant for Powderhorn Ranch Acquisition

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 13, 2014
Media contact: Lydia Saldaña
817-851-5729
lsaldana@tpwf.org

Walmart Acres for America Program Makes $525,000 Grant for Powderhorn Ranch Acquisition
Texas Coastal Purchase Part of Public/Private Partnership to fund conservation projects across the nation

DALLAS- Powderhorn Ranch along the Texas Gulf Coast is one of four grant recipients announced this week by Walmart’s Acres for America program. The program is considered to be one of the most effective public-private partnerships in the history of U.S. conservation efforts and was established in 2005 by the Arkansas based retail giant in collaboration with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF). Program goals are to conserve lands of national significance, protect critical fish and wildlife habitat and benefit people and local economies.

Acres for America began as a 10-year, $35 million commitment by Walmart to purchase and preserve one acre of wildlife habitat in the United States for every acre of land developed by the company. The program has protected critical habitats for birds, fish, plants and wildlife and has funded 59 projects in 33 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The 2014 grants total $2,325,000, and will leverage an additional $82,936,000, for a total conservation investment of more than $85 million.

In August 2014, a multi-partner coalition announced the purchase of the 17,351-acre Powderhorn Ranch along the Texas coast in Calhoun County.  The acquisition conserves a spectacular piece of property that is one of the largest remaining tracts of unspoiled coastal prairie in the state and represents the largest conservation investment in Texas history. In years to come, Powderhorn Ranch is expected to become a state park and wildlife management area.  Project partners include The Texas Parks and Wildlife (TPW) Foundation, NFWF, The Conservation Fund, The Nature Conservancy and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The TPW Foundation is spearheading the fundraising for the $50 million project, which includes the purchase of the property, habitat restoration and management, as well as a long-term endowment. The $525,000 grant announced this week will go toward land acquisition costs.

“We’re thrilled at the announcement of this generous $525,000 grant, “said Anne Brown, executive director for Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation. “Walmart’s Acres for America program underscores the necessity of public/private partnerships in funding transformational conservation projects that will benefit all citizens. Powderhorn Ranch is an investment that will benefit the communities nearby and the entire State of Texas. It exemplifies Walmart’s commitment to the communities in which it operates.”

With the Acres for America grant, $43.5 of the $50 million needed for the project has been raised. Additional contributions are welcome and interested donors can contact Anne Brown at the TPW Foundation for more information at 214-364-5632 or abrown@tpwf.org

The other projects funded by the 2014 Acres for America grant are the Hood Canal Landscape Conservation Initiative in Washington, the Lost Coast Redwood and Salmon Initiative in California and the Coastal Headwaters Forest Longleaf Conservation and Restoration project in Alabama and Florida.

For more information about the Acres for America 2014 recipients:
For more information about Powderhorn Ranch:

Since 1991, Texas Parks and Wildlife (TPW) Foundation has leveraged public funds with private philanthropy to advance Texas’ proud outdoor traditions and conserve our state’s wildlife, habitat, recreational areas, and natural resources.  Since its inception, the TPW Foundation has raised more than $100 million to help ensure that all Texans, today and in the future, can enjoy the wild things and wild places of Texas.

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Outing Information Only / Re: Louisiana Marshes - November
« on: September 15, 2014, 07:51:05 AM »
Sounds like a great trip......I am in

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Outing Chat / Re: Mongolia Trip Report
« on: September 14, 2014, 07:49:01 AM »
That's an outrageous trip.........good info for anyone considering going. Thx

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Outing Chat / Re: LMB on the South River
« on: September 03, 2014, 04:16:54 PM »
Nice

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General Discussion / Re: New fishing buddy is here
« on: August 28, 2014, 11:31:37 AM »
very nice family..........all the best

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Outing Information Only / Re: 2015 Saltwater Outings
« on: August 26, 2014, 11:52:11 AM »
All those ideas sound good.

Louisiana sounds great, its a world class destination practically in our back yard. I think some of the more distant destinations, Belize, the Bahamas ect have tremendous possibilities. It's very possible to get a good rate if we can get a group together which wouldn't be very difficult.We might even be able to team up with the BTT or one of the other groups/lodges participating in research/tagging efforts on saltwater species

Let me know if I can help. I would like to assist in an effort to line up some of these types of trips.

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we got some room at the Pequod if you don't mind the bunk beds or you could do the air mattress or couch thing. :o

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NICE RIDE!!!   

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Outing Chat / Re: June in the West Bay Marsh
« on: July 05, 2014, 04:42:32 PM »
Great post, thanks for the update on an often overlooked resourse.

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Sounds like fun, I'm in.

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Outing Information Only / Re: August 2013, Bolivar Marsh
« on: August 17, 2013, 03:23:26 PM »
Fun Trip..........thanks to all who helped put it together......

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