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Powderhorn Ranch Becomes Largest Conservation Land Purchase in Texas History

Donations used for Landmark $37.7 Million Acquisition

HOUSTON – August 21, 2014 - A multi-partner coalition including the Texas Parks and Wildlife (TPW) Foundation today announced the purchase of the 17,351-acre Powderhorn Ranch along the Texas coast in Calhoun County.  The acquisition will conserve a spectacular piece of property that is one of the largest remaining tracts of unspoiled coastal prairie in the state. At $37.7 million it is the largest dollar amount ever raised for a conservation land purchase in the state and represents a new partnership model of achieving conservation goals in an era of rapidly rising land prices. In years to come, Powderhorn Ranch is expected to become a state park and wildlife management area. 

Safeguarding this natural treasure has been contemplated for more than 30 years by several conservation organizations and wildlife agencies including The Conservation Fund, The Nature Conservancy and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD). Along with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), these organizations are playing a critical role in the acquisition and long-term conservation of this property. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation is spearheading the fundraising for the $50 million project, which includes the purchase of the property, habitat restoration and management, as well as a long-term endowment.

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Watch this video to learn more about the history and background of Powderhorn Ranch.


At 17,351 acres, Powderhorn Ranch is one of the largest and last remaining tracts of unspoiled coastal prairie in the state, and its acquisition for conservation represents the most significant Texas land conservation project to occur in a generation.

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Your donation to the Powderhorn Acquisition Project will ensure that this magnificent coastal prairie will be conserved for generations to come.