The Houston Ship Channel Project: A Model for Corporate Based Wildlife Habitat Restoration and Development




Archer, Stephen R.

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Galveston Bay Estuary Program


The Wildlife Habitat Council is a nonprofit association serving corporations dedicated to the best use of their surplus for wildlife habitat. WHC has operated in the Houston area since our inception in 1988 opening the Texas Regional Office in 2000 to serve the 40 plus WHC Texas sites The Houston Ship Channel Project was initiated by the Texas Office under the our Waterways for Wildlife program. Waterways for Wildlife is designed for the best use our concentrations of members along the industrial waterways throughout the United States. Contingent to our petrochemical membership along Houston Ship Channel, its tributaries, Galveston Bay and other coastal industrial water courses associated with the Gulf Coast are numerous public and private nature conservation efforts. Our wildlife habitat sites are concentrations acreage tracts operated by WHC Members, their business partners and important conservation organizations. Initial concentration is on developing habitat tracts with significant wetland, aquatic and upland habitat value at the industrial watercourses associated with the Ship Channel.


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water quality, habitat, ecology, watershed management, houston ship channel, wildlife habitat restoration, development, petrochemical, tributaries, conservation, st. mary's island, goat island, buffalo bayou, san jacinto river, black skimmers, migratory shorebirds, upland birds, nesting habitat, foraging habitat, wading birds, monarch butterflies, san jacinto monument, baytown, brownwood habitat