Challenges Facing Coastal
By the year 2025, nearly 75 percent of all Americans are expected to live in coastal counties.
The Intergovernmental Panel on
Climate Change projects a rise in sea levels of nearly 2 feet over the next 100 years.
Texas coastal habitats at risk from significant sea level rise include:
- 244,416 acres of forest
- 777,280 acres of wetlands
- 180,736 acres of agricultural
Extreme weather events (storms, droughts and floods) will become more frequent affecting coastal habitats, water supplies and flows in rivers and into estuaries.
Texas has lost more than half of its original 1.2 million acres of
Of the original 6 million acres of Coastal Tallgrass Prairie, only
1% still exists; and
60% of the original 16 million acres of Texas bottomland and
riparian forest has been lost.
Facing These Challenges
The Texas Coastal Program is
working with partners to:
- Restore ecological communities
- Acquire and protect habitats
- Enhance existing natural
- Promote and support education and outreach
- Develop stakeholder driven
approaches to conservation