50 acres of west edge of Galveston to be preserved

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Associated Press

Posted on June 18, 2014 at 1:03 PM

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — A wetlands preserve planned for the west edge of Galveston just got bigger.

Officials with the nonprofit group Artist Boat say a plot of about 50 acres has been bought for the Coastal Heritage Preserve using $1.1 million in state and federal grants.

The Galveston County Daily News (http://bit.ly/1pIFDGg ) reported Wednesday that funding also comes from the Galveston Bay Estuary Program.

The property joins nearly 160 acres previously purchased by Artist Boat. Executive director Karla Klay says backers would like to secure more property on the bay side of Stewart Road. She says acquiring another 150 acres will cost about $4.5 million.

Klay says the goal is to have trails, boardwalks, piers, soft kayak launches and some managed public access throughout the preserve.

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Online:

http://www.artistboat.org/

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Information from: The Galveston County Daily News, http://www.galvnews.com

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