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SnowyEgret_512x219The Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge supports surrounding communities in many ways.

Nature Tourism: 
Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge offers excellent opportunities to see and enjoy wildlife. Visitors from across Texas, the United States and many foreign countries come here to watch and photograph wildlife, participate in the special events and enjoy this amazing landscape. Many of these visitors stop in nearby communities to fill their tanks with gasoline or eat a good meal and some stay in nearby hotels. The refuge promotes surrounding communities and encourages visitors to enjoy the many services and opportunities offered nearby.

Home Values:
A national study conducted in 2012 shows that owning a home near a national wildlife refuge increases home values and helps support the surrounding community’s tax base. According to the study, homes located within half a mile of a refuge and within eight miles of an urban center were found to have higher home values. This report is the first national study to analyze national wildlife refuges’ impact on land values.


Helpful Links:
National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation (2011) 
Home Values of Proximity to National Wildlife Refuges (2012)  

Page Photo Credits — Snowy Egret / USFWS
Last Updated: Jul 17, 2013
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