4,800 Acre Land Acquisition

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On July 7, 2021 about 4,800 acres were added to Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge, bringing the refuge’s total acreage to more than 102,000 acres. This additional habitat will help safeguard and connect critical migration corridors for endangered ocelots and other coastal wildlife.

These additional refuge acres will also provide outdoor recreation opportunities, support local economies, and provide resiliency to climate change impacts and hazardous events such as hurricanes or coastal storms.

Locally-led conservation efforts like this ensure America’s public lands continue to thrive for current and future generations. Department of the Interior’s America the Beautiful initiative aims to conserve at least 30% of lands and waters by 2030. National wildlife refuges and other public lands play an essential role in providing healthy habitat for plants and wildlife, connecting people to nature, protecting natural and cultural resources, and providing clean air and water.

We’d like to thank all our conservation partners that helped with this effort, including The Conservation Fund.

The protection of these properties was made possible thanks to funding from:
  • National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s (NFWF) Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund
  • Texas Trustee Implementation Group’s Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustee program
  • Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)
  • Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation
  • Peregrine Fund, Meadows Foundation
  • Big Cat Rescue Corporation
  • USFWS Migratory Bird Conservation Fund
  • Knobloch Family Foundation
  • Meadows Foundation
  • Voluntary funding from Rio Grande LNG, LLC and Rio Bravo Pipeline, LLC for conservation measures to address potential impacts from NextDecade’s Rio Grande LNG Project and Enbridge’s Rio Bravo Pipeline Project
  • Voluntary mitigation funding from Enbridge’s Valley Crossing Pipeline Project.