Texas City Prairie Preserve

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Texas City Prairie Preserve
Map showing the location of Texas City Prairie Preserve
Location Moses Lake, Texas, United States
Nearest city Texas City
Coordinates 29°27′N 94°57′W / 29.450°N 94.950°W / 29.450; -94.950Coordinates: 29°27′N 94°57′W / 29.450°N 94.950°W / 29.450; -94.950
Governing body Nature Conservancy

The Texas City Prairie Preserve is a 2,300-acre (9.3 km2) nature preserve located on the shores of Moses Lake and Galveston Bay in Texas City, Texas in the United States, near Houston. The preserve was created in 1995 by the Nature Conservancy thanks to a $2.2 million donation of land by ExxonMobil.[1][2] The primary goal in creating the preserve was to save the endangered Attwater's Prairie Chicken species, though the preserve supports a wide variety of wildlife.[1]

The terrain of the preserve includes prairie and wetland habitats, enabled in large part by restoration efforts in recent decades.[1] The preserve includes 40 acres (0.16 km2) of public access areas including camp sites. The remainder of the preserve is available for tours including boardwalk access through the marshes.[3]

The preserve is part of the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, a network of preserves and trails along the Texas coast featuring habitats for birds and other wildlife.


1999 the Nature Conservancy commissioned an oil and gas operator to set up a new gas well inside the preserve. The location was "the closest to where the prairie chickens normally hung out, or normally boomed."

In 2010 a paper was presented at a Society of Petroleum Engineers conference stating that the original well "died in March 2003, and was unable to flow due to excessive water production." As new well was drilled in the same area in late 2007, the new well was for oil and the original was for nature gas.

There are no more Attwater's Prairie Chicken on the land as of 2012.


  1. ^ a b c "The Nature Conservancy: Texas City Prairie Preserve". The Nature Conservancy. Archived from the original on December 1, 2008. Retrieved 29 Oct 2009. 
  2. ^ Whitted, Leigh (21 Oct 2009). "Texas City". Houston Zoo. Retrieved 18 Jan 2010. 
  3. ^ "Texas City Prairie Preserve". Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau. Retrieved 18 Jan 2010. 



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