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Preserving Coastal Habitat

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Under the Texas Coastal Management Program, coastal preserves are any lands owned by the state that are designated and used as parks, recreation areas, scientific areas, wildlife management areas, wildlife refuges, or historic sites and that are designated by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) as being coastal in character.

Under the Texas Coastal Preserve Program, the Land Office leases coastal lands to the TPWD, which manages them as preserves. The Coastal Preserve Program is designed to protect unique coastal areas and fragile biological communities, including important colonial bird nesting sites. Currently, there are four coastal preserves.