Introducing Exploration Green

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The Galveston Bay Foundation (GBF) is excited to be partnering with the Clear Lake City Water Authority and the Exploration Green Conservancy on a new conservation project sharing the

conservancy’s name, “Exploration Green”. Exploration Green is a multi-phase project that will convert the old Clear Lake Golf Course into a 178 acre multi-use area for the benefit of Clear Lake area residents and visitors. The project will create lakes and wetlands to catch storm water runoff, reducing area flooding and cleansing water before it enters the Galveston Bay estuary. The area will also be developed with jogging trails, athletic fields, and other outdoor recreation amenities for the community.

Bob Stokes, GBF President, John Branch, CLCWA Vice President, and James Byrd, CLCWA General Manager, signed the conservation easement on September 27, 2014

Bob Stokes, GBF President, John Branch, CLCWA Vice President, and James Byrd, CLCWA General Manager, signed the conservation easement on September 27, 2014

Restoration will be conducted to restore native wildlife habitats throughout the project area, including planting a variety of native trees and grasses. Recently accredited as a Land Trust Accredited Organization, GBF will hold a conservation easement over the land, which will permanently protect the land against future real estate development and ensure this property is maintained as open space for outdoor recreation, wildlife habitat, and water quality. Both Exploration Green and the Clear Lake City Water Authority were awarded the 2013 Planning Award by the Houston-Galveston Area Council this past January. Futhermore, HGAC ranked the conservation project as one of the top nine public space development plans in the Houston region. Exploration Green also received the Parks and Natural Areas Award for comprehensive planning of the flood control, recreation and conservation area in the Clear Lake area.  For more information on the project, visit www.explorationgreen.org

Photos by Exploration Green

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