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EG IslandPlanting2017_v4

The Habitat Island at Exploration Green is ready to plant! Native trees and wetlands on the island, situated in Exploration Green’s first lake, will create a refuge for migratory birds and waterbirds. Exploration Green Conservancy and project partners, including TCWP, are redeveloping the former Clear Lake City golf course into a state of the art stormwater detention and recreation area.

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Our bayous and bays are greatly impacted by the quality of the stormwater flowing into them, and now is a great time to start improving it with practices we can implement at home, work, or beyond.

Join us in a beautiful setting–the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory’s new LEED-certified building in Lake Jackson, TX.

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Community members plant the wetland area on June 25. Photo: Jerry Hamby

We passed a major milestone and it was composed of water, mud, plants and volunteers. After years of community meetings, planning, hydrology studies, waiting on permits, excavating, and raising plants, the first portion of the first lake at Exploration Green is ready for a stormwater wetland.

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Volunteers can kick off a first phase of wetlands at the future site of the Pearland Nature Center, March 7 and 8. We are planting and launching a string of floating wetlands for water quality and habitat, plus preparing and placing “bulrush balls” (and other species) in the 12″ to 24″ depths around the pond’s islands. For more information and to register, go to http://www.pearlandtx.gov/wetland
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Lawns are boring. There, I said it. A look out the window at an expanse of emerald green has no allure for me. There are no attractions there for butterflies, songbirds, or honeybees, either—they would starve or not even bother to make a fly over. To say a person dislikes a lawn borders on heresy to many. After all, when we say the word landscape, most of us conjure up that big swath of a perfectly mowed, managed, monoculture. Yes, monoculture, as in one plant species. In fact, more than forty million acres, roughly the size of New York State, are covered in it, making lawns, or turf grass, our largest irrigated crop. (more…)

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