Texas Wetlands Conservation

What Can YOU Do?

What's going on?

Texas wetlands are diminishing, and we need to do as much as we can to protect them. The Texas Wetlands Conservation Plan (http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/publications/pwdpubs/media/pwd_pl_r2000_0005_textonly.pdf) acknowledges that the wetlands have been a valuable asset to Texas ecology and to local economies and that steps need to be taken in order to cease the depreciation of these valuable areas.

What are the Texas Wetlands?

Wetlands are the places in between water and land, like marshes, swamps, or stream banks. These places are ecosystems that provide water, shelter, and food for many different types of plants and animals.

Why do we need to conserve these areas?

Texas Wetlands help us in more ways that you could imagine. These environments reduce pollution by trapping and breaking down dangerous pollutants. Also, wetlands provide economical benefits as well, like the shrimp industry in Texas. These wetlands store groundwater that is vital in some areas for drinking and irrigation. They control floods and erosion by slowly releasing floodwater into larger bodies, like rivers and streams. As you can see, Texas Wetlands are critical to sustaining the environment around us. Currently, pollution and industrial developments are causing the wetlands to wane. Conservation of these areas is important in order to sustain the benefits we accumulate.

Plants and Animals Indigenous to Texas Wetlands

Special Texas Wetlands Conservation License Plate

This unique plate gives $22 out of the price of $30 to support the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department which protects our precious environment from being destroyed. Buy it here :

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