Archive for August 17th, 2007

Galveston Island Restoration

Friday, August 17th, 2007

Passport to Texas from Texas Parks and Wildlife and the Wildlife Restoration Program

Shoreline erosion is a fact of nature that can be controlled by an act of man.

In 2005 the Goose Island Shoreline Stabilization and Marsh Restoration Project got underway to halt shoreline loss there. And planners looked to another project for their inspiration.

The other major park that has done this is Galveston Island State Park. They were losing habitat on their bayside of the island mainly from northers blowing across Galveston Bay. So they started a marsh restoration project. And not only was it successful, but sea grasses came back that had been missing in the Galveston Bay for over 20 years.

Kay Jenkins is Natural Resources Coordinator for State Parks.

Even though the project was successful in restoring marsh and restoring seagrasses, we just looked at it and said, ‘Well, it just isn’t quite as natural looking as we had possibly thought.’ And so adjacent to Galveston Island State Park, other marsh restoration projects started using some different methodologies. Creating mounds, which created circular marshes rather than a grid-pattern marsh. And this appeared a lot more natural and that’s the technique that we’re going to use at Goose Island.

That’s our show for today…with research and writing help from Loren Seeger…we receive support from the Wildlife Restoration program…which provides funding for the Private Lands and Pubic Hunting Programs.

For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti