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Powderhorn Ranch is now a state wildlife management area.

The newest crown jewel in the TPWD system — the 15,000-acre Powderhorn Ranch in Calhoun County — is now a state wildlife management area. The just-completed transfer of the property to the department is the culmination of a multiyear, $37.7 million land acquisition deal led by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation.

“The foundation is fulfilling a promise to our partners and to the people of Texas to restore, conserve and provide recreational access to one of the largest remaining tracts of undisturbed native habitat on the Texas coast,” says TPWF Executive Director Anne Brown.

Although public access to the property will be limited as operations and infrastructure gear up, the area is anticipating offering opportunities for low-impact activities like guided group birding tours as early as this spring. The remaining acreage at Powderhorn Ranch is earmarked as the future site of a state park. TPWF will complete additional infrastructure and habitat improvement projects for the transfer to the State Parks Division within the next five years.

Wildlife management areas are places established to represent the habitat of an ecoregion and to conduct wildlife research and resource management with limited recreational opportunities. State parks preserve places with natural or scenic value and provide a variety of recreational opportunities to the public.

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