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Dow Woods Unit, San Bernard NWR Dedication
Southwest Region, May 16, 2009
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A dedication of the Dow Woods Unit of San Bernard NWR was held on May 16, 2009.  The 338 acre unit was added to the Refuge System through a donation by The Dow Chemical Company at the 2008 year-end.  Dow Woods is a small part of a larger forest commonly referred to at the Columbia Bottomlands.  These forests are incredibly diver’s habitats where each sand ridge or wet swale hosts a different array of forbs, vines, brush and trees.  Within these natural habitats, wildlife finds a home.

The unit is unique in that it is within the City Limits and Extra Territorial Jurisdiction (ETJ) of Lake Jackson.  Dow Woods is an opportunity.  It is a place where people can experience nature.  They can watch an armadillo searching for a good meal in the rich bottomland soil or watch as the tree canopies fill with colorful songbirds, refueling their tiny bodies by consuming abundant insects and berries, before continuing their migration.  It is to a "community" which includes soil, waters, fauna, and flora, as well as people that the Dow Woods Unit is dedicated.

The event, hosted by the Service and Dow Chemical Company, was attended by almost 100 people.  State Senator Mike Jackson, Brazoria County Commissioner Mary Ruth Rodenbaugh and Lake Jackson Councilman Bob Jeter all provided short presentations along with Dow Site Director and Vice President of Manufacturing, Gary Hockstra, and Project Leader Jennifer Sanchez.  In attendance were nine of the thirteen first place winners and several second place winners in the Dow Woods Art Contest.  The first place winners were each presented with a gift card, while the other winners assisted in unveiling the new Dow Woods sign.  Winners were invited along with our honored guests to plant live oak trees.   Members of the Texas Master Naturalist assisted in leading guests on interpretive walks following the main event. 

In association with the Dow Woods Dedication, an art Contest for Kindergarten thru twelfth grade students in the local communities was held.  Over 250 entries were received and 39 award ribbons presented.  Each participating student also received a blue goose pin from the Texas Mid-Coast Refuge Complex.  All first place winners received a gift card to the local mall, courtesy of the Dow Chemical Company.    



Contact Info: Jennifer Sanchez, 979-964-3639, jennifer_sanchez@fws.gov
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