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San Bernard Receives Land Donation
Southwest Region, September 18, 2006
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On September 18, 2006 the Service closed on the donation of the Muhm tract. The 10 acre tract on the San Bernard River is located  among the Churchill residencial community about five miles from the San Bernard Refuge headquarters.  The tract is excellent habitat with almost a quarter mile of river frontage.  The land was donated by Lolita and Robert Muhm, refuge volunteers and long time members of the Friends of the Brazoria Wildlife Refuges.  Valued at over $150,000,  the donation provides an island of pristine habitat along a migration corridor, the San Bernard River, used by migrating songbirds.  Future plans for the unit include the development of a bird watching trail and other interpretation and educational activities.  The donation is being used in a pending North American Wetlands Conservation Associating (NAWCA) grant application as a "match" to help fund additional bottomland aquisitions.  The acquisition is part of the Austin's Woods Conservation Partnership which is an effort to protect forests along the Brazos, San Bernard and Colorado Rivers in Texas.  To date over 18,000 acres have been protected in Brazoria, Fort Bend and Matagorda Counties.  We are very grateful to the Muhms for this generous and important land donation.

Contact Info: Martin Valdez, 505-248-6599, martin_valdez@fws.gov



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