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Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation

Powderhorn Ranch

Keeping Texas Wild

TPWF has been instrumental in facilitating Texas’s largest-ever conservation investment by ensuring Powderhorn Ranch will never be developed.

About the Project

Powderhorn Ranch encompasses 17,351 acres of pristine coastal prairie. A vast expanse of grassland dotted with live oaks, the property is a mosaic of freshwater wetlands, salt marshes, and seagrass beds. The ranch supports diverse native species like shorebirds, songbirds, finfish, ungulates, invertebrates and more. As development spreads across the state, TPWF has ensured this large tract of coastal prairie will be forever conserved for all Texans.

Bringing together a coalition of funders including the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund, this vast project is an example of the kind of coordination TPWF excels at, engaging philanthropy at a large scale with partners across the state of Texas.

This historic project makes Powderhorn Wildlife Management Area and State Park the center of the sprawling Matagorda Bay coastal ecosystem, a linchpin in a network of interconnected habitat from the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge to Mad Island Wildlife Management Area to Matagorda Peninsula Coastal Management Area.

After the property was secured by TPWF, the property was donated to TPWD, who will continue to steward Powderhorn’s natural resources. Much of the acreage of Powderhorn was donated for the creation of a wildlife management area. Today, Powderhorn Wildlife Management Area provides scheduled access for conservation, education, research, birding, and public hunting. Eventually, part of the property will become a state park, ensuring Texans can enjoy this gift for generations to come.

At a Glance

17,351 Acres

of pristine coastal prairie

+50 Million

dollars raised

1,360 Acres

set aside for future state park


Help Us Keep Texas Wild

Help ensure that every Texan, now and in the future, can enjoy, explore, and be inspired by the wild things and wild places in Texas.

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