The primary beaches for the most endangered sea turtle in the world are located in the Gulf of Mexico between Tampico, Tamaulipas, and Corpus Christi. Working with several key partners, TPWD has brought the Kemp’s ridley back from the brink of extinction to a rapidly recovering population. If the ongoing recovery work can be maintained, the Kemp’s ridley could be removed from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Endangered Species List.
Situated on the border between Louisiana and Texas, the oyster reef system in this 90,000-acre estuary is likely the largest un-fished oyster reef in the U.S. With Louisiana taking steps to open their side to commercial oyster fishing, TPWD has restored 26 acres of oyster habitat. These reefs will provide critical water filtration, foraging territory for large predatory fish, and habitat for small reef organisms.
Through the remarkable generosity of private donors and public funds dedicated to land acquisition, Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department purchased the Devil’s River Ranch, a vast stretch of over 18,000 acres of land with more than 10 miles of Devil’s River frontage, often considered one of the most pristine and unpolluted rivers in all of Texas. The property offers spectacular views from its mesas and canyons, contains diverse wildlife habitats, and will provide outstanding recreational opportunities for decades to come.
In partnership with numerous public entities, corporations, foundations, and individuals, TPWF constructed the Edwin L. Cox Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center, a state-of-the-art hatchery production facility with 45 ponds spanning 106 acres. The center also houses a 24,000-square-foot indoor hatchery and laboratory, 300,000-gallon aquarium, and an 23,000-square-foot education center focused on fish and wildlife found in Texas freshwater streams, ponds, and lakes. It also serves as the cornerstone of the ShareLunker program, which invites anglers to donate trophy-sized largemouth bass for research and breeding purposes. More than 60,000 people visit the TFFC annually, many of them schoolchildren.