Habitat projects

The GCJV is divided geographically into five Initiative Areas, each with relevant planning documents to guide bird habitat conservation: Laguna Madre, Texas Mid-Coast, Chenier Plain, Mississippi River Coastal Wetlands, and Coastal Mississippi-Alabama .

Habitat delivery in each of these regions is coordinated through their respective Initiative Team, whose responsibility is to identify and develop potential habitat projects that contribute to GCJV bird habitat objectives and priorities. Initiative Teams are open to participation by agencies and organizations that maintain a land-management presence, or are active sponsors or participants in habitat conservation programs or projects, in their respective Initiative Area.

The map below shows the location of a few selected current habitat conservation projects Gulf Coast Joint Venture Partners are working on. Please hover your mouse over each rectangle to view information on that project.

GCJV Projects
Pointe Aux Chenes WMA Closeup Pointe Aux Chenes WMA Wetlands Restoration
The aim of this project is to restore historic salinites and hydrology to 4,736 acres of degraded marsh. This will partly be done by the installation of 4 new water control structures and levee construction. Other benefits include erosion control, decrease in saltwater intrusion into the marsh, and decreased water turbidity, thus enhancing submerged aquatic vegetation. These benefits will in turn provide habitat to support migrating and wintering waterfowl and shorebirds. Partners on this project included GCJV partners Ducks Unlimited, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service along with the North American Waterfowl Conservation Council, Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government, Burlington Resources, Apache Louisiana Minerals Inc., Outback Steakhouse - Houma, Safari Club (Louisiana and Bayou Chapters), Dale Earnhardt Foundation, Ron and Jackie Bartels, and S. Gordon Reese.
Texas Prairie Wetlands Project Closeup Texas Prairie Wetlands Project
GCJV Partners Ducks Unlimited, US Fish and Wildlife Service, NRCS, and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department have been working with private landowners since 1991 to restore, enhance, and create over 350,000 shallow-water wetlands as part of the Texas Prairie Wetlands Project (TPWP). As part of the TPWP, private landowners receive cost-share assistance for levee construction and installation of water control structures. Technical assistance in the form of biological and engineering consultation is provided at no cost to the landowner. Over 445 projects with 750 separate managed wetland units have been signed to 10-15 year Wetland Development Agreements with Ducks Unlimited and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
Louisiana Waterfowl Project - South Closeup Louisiana Waterfowl Project - South
GCJV Partners Ducks Unlimited, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and US Fish and Wildlife Service have teamed up to deliver habitat conservation on private lands in southern Lousiana. This project was designed to provide critical migration and wintering habitat for waterfowl and other wetland-dependent species. Since 1999, GCJV Partners have restored and enhanced over 26,600 acres of waterfowl habitat as part of this project. Private landowners play a pivotal role in conserving waterfowl habitat, and this project is designed to assist these private landowners in providing quality wintering habitat, so birds returning to their breeding grounds are in good condition to enahnce reproductive success.
Katy Prairie Acquisition Closeup Coastal Prairie Wetlands Restoration/Acquisition II
This project, spearheaded by the Katy prairie Conservancy, is a continuation of a regional effort to protect, restore and enhance coastal prairie and agricultural wetlands on the Katy Prairie just west of Houston, TX and other important habitat closer to the Texas coast. This project aims to impact a total of 4,630 acres of freshwater emergent marsh, coastal intertidal marsh, and coastal prairie uplands across the GCJV Texas Mid-Coast Initiative Area. This goal will be accomplished through a combination of land acquisition and habitat restoration efforts such as installation of leveees and water control structures, invasive plant species control, and seasonal discing of agricultural fields. Partners include GCJV Partners Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and US Fish and Wildlife Service as well as Harris County Flood Control District, Houston Endowment Inc., Katy Prairie Conservancy, Two Bayous Hunting Club, Dunn Ranch, Anahuac Tenant Farmers, Gary Graham, Texas R.I.C.E., and Mustang Machinery Company, Ltd.,
Mottled Duck Habitat Restoration Closeup Mottled Duck Habitat Restoration and Enhancement
The goal of this project is to restore or enhance 2,337 acres of emergent wetlands and associated prarie uplands to provide improved breeding and wintering habitat for resident mottled ducks in Calcasieu, Cameron, and Vermillion Parishes in southern Louisiana. Project activities include replacing water control structures, renovation of levees, herbicide application to control Chinese tallow trees, and groundwater well installation. This project will improve 1,458 acres of moist-soil/agricultural wetlands, 29 acres of coastal freshwater marsh, and 850 acres of coastal prairie uplands that provide important nesting habitat for mottled ducks. GCJV Partners Ducks Unlimited and US Fish and Wildlife Service joined forces with BP America Company, Stream Companies, and landowner John Collingwood in the design and implementation of this project.
Cameron Prairie NWR Improvements Closeup Cameron Prairie NWR Habitat Restoration
Gulf Coast Joint Venture partners Ducks Unlimited and US Fish and Wildlife Service teamed up to enhance migratory bird habitat on Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge. Levees were either replaced or repaired and several new water control structures were installed. This project has enhanced moist-soil habitat for mallard, gadwall, widgeon, green-winged teal, white-fronted geese and other wintering waterfowl as well as shorebird and wading bird species. Approximately 220 acres were afffected and construction was completed during summer of 2002.