Proposed Lone Star Coastal National Recreation Area
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Coastal recreation area edges closer to reality

Coastal recreation area edges closer to reality | Proposed Lone Star Coastal National Recreation Area | Scoop.it
Nearly three years later, efforts to create a national recreation area covering 146 miles of Texas coast and four counties has reached a milestone. Lone Star Coastal supporters have finished a draft of the legislation they are hoping a member of the Texas congressional delegation will introduce as a bill. Influential Houston businessman John L. Nau has been keeping key members of the delegation, state and local officials briefed on the proposal, which requires congressional approval. All the money for creation of the recreation area is from private donations and money for maintaining the district will be raised locally. The National Parks Conservation Association joined with former Secretary of State James A. Baker III and Nau to lead the effort. Besides the 18 government and private organizations owning coastal property that have signed on as partners, four others have joined as affiliates and five as supporting organizations. The association issued a report in January 2012 saying that a national recreation area would preserve wetlands that form a natural buffer to storm surges like the one that pummeled the coast when Hurricane Ike struck in September 2008, causing an estimated $25 million in damage. Chambers County became a partner because the proposal offers more opportunities to market tourist attractions, said Sarah Cerrone, the county's economic development director.
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Gulf Coast recreation area would benefit business, report shows - Houston Business Journal

Gulf Coast recreation area would benefit business, report shows - Houston Business Journal | Proposed Lone Star Coastal National Recreation Area | Scoop.it
A proposed recreation area on the Gulf Coast, known as the Lone Star Coastal National Recreation Area, could potentially attract substantial tourism b ...
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NPCA Report Looks At Creating A National Recreation Area Along the Texas Coast Near Houston | National Parks Traveler

NPCA Report Looks At Creating A National Recreation Area Along the Texas Coast Near Houston | National Parks Traveler | Proposed Lone Star Coastal National Recreation Area | Scoop.it

Texas, which already features a national seashore, would benefit greatly in terms of economics and storm protection if a national recreation area were created along the Gulf of Mexico near Houston, according to a National Parks Conservation Association report.

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A New Model for Parks Could Help Revitalize Texas’ Gulf Coast

A New Model for Parks Could Help Revitalize Texas’ Gulf Coast | Proposed Lone Star Coastal National Recreation Area | Scoop.it

Everyone knows you don’t mess with Texas, but in September 2008, that’s just what Hurricane Ike did. The storm made landfall in the Galveston area after causing devastating damage to Cuba, Haiti, the Bahamas, and the Turks and Caicos Islands. Millions of Texans fled their homes, and more than a hundred people died in the United States alone. It was one of the costliest hurricanes in history.

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King: We're taking baby steps on hurricane protection

King: We're taking baby steps on hurricane protection | Proposed Lone Star Coastal National Recreation Area | Scoop.it
After the disastrous Hurricane Rita evacuation, I served on two task forces that studied the threat posed by major storms to the Texas Gulf Coast and what could be done to mitigate the damage they cause. Less obvious is that just off the coast, there is an unusually elongated and shallow continental shelf, which acts to stack up a storm's surge and shove it farther inland than in places where the shelf drops off quickly, such as Florida. [...] not so much. The 2011 Texas Legislature, consumed with the state's budget problems and such pressing issues as sonograms, immigration and redistricting, could not find the time to address one of the most critical existential threats to the state. After more than of year of study, Rice University's Severe Storm Prediction Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center (SSPEED) has issued the first phase of a comprehensive report looking at various alternatives for mitigating hurricane damage. Wetlands act as a storage area for storm surge water, diverting it from areas where it would do more damage. While hardly the comprehensive plan the region needs, the creation of an NRA is the low-hanging fruit from the various alternatives we have identified so far.
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Can a Flood of Tourists Protect the Wetlands and the Region, from Storm Surges?

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Cite: The Architecture + Design Review of Houston, Summer 2012.

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A great gift for Texas

A great gift for Texas | Proposed Lone Star Coastal National Recreation Area | Scoop.it
The $37.7 million purchase of the Powderhorn Ranch near Port O'Connor for use as a public park is a landmark development for the preservation of our state's natural heritage and a big addition to a Texas park system struggling to keep up with exploding population growth. The 17,351-acre spread, which covers 27 square miles, is one of the last big landholdings along the Texas coast with a nearly unspoiled coastal prairie habitat, including a variety of flora and fauna and natural features that were once abundant but are now threatened. The Nature Conservancy, the Conservation Fund and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation put the deal together in coordination with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, which will eventually own and run the park and wildlife management area when it opens in a few years. The purchase will be paid mostly by $34.5 million from the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund, which consists of $2.5 billion paid by BP and Transocean in a settlement for damages caused by their massive Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf in 2010.
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Proposed national recreation area could mean vistors, revenue for Texas

Proposed national recreation area could mean vistors, revenue for Texas | Proposed Lone Star Coastal National Recreation Area | Scoop.it
According to a study by the National Parks Conservations Association, a proposed national recreation area along the Gulf Coast of Texas could bring a
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Coastal plan's not just fun and games

Coastal plan's not just fun and games | Proposed Lone Star Coastal National Recreation Area | Scoop.it
[...] when Rice University's Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center studied the storm, it concluded that preserving such wetlands would be one of the most cost-effective ways to soften the blow of future storms - far cheaper than a major engineering project like the proposed Ike Dike. By also using those wetlands for recreation, linking them to other coastal attractions, and promoting the whole package - in other words, creating the proposed recreation area - our coast could attract far more tourists. According to one recent report, in the first ten years of the recreation area's operation, it could triple the number of tourists who visit Matagorda, Brazoria, Galveston and Chambers counties.
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Counties plan to turn Texas coast into tourist destination

Counties plan to turn Texas coast into tourist destination | Proposed Lone Star Coastal National Recreation Area | Scoop.it
Local officials are hoping to transform the Texas coast into a major tourist destination area.
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Four years after Ike, there's still no storm plan

Four years after Ike, there's still no storm plan | Proposed Lone Star Coastal National Recreation Area | Scoop.it
GALVESTON - The six-county district formed after Hurricane Ike to protect the upper Texas Gulf Coast from a massive storm surge has stalled for lack of money, but new efforts have emerged to avert a disastrous inundation. In the absence of action by the district, two separate efforts are under way to prevent a storm surge that could cripple the nation's energy supply if it overwhelmed the Houston or Port Arthur areas. A competing plan by a Rice University organization known as SSPEED - the Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center - has come up with storm protection ideas directed solely at the Houston area. Last year the SSPEED center proposed building a dike to protect the eastern, most densely developed part of Galveston Island; a 20-mile levee paralleling Galveston Bay along Texas 146; a flood gate protecting the Houston Ship Channel at Hartmann Bridge; and a 130-mile national recreation area to make the Gulf coast economy more compatible with inevitable severe storms. The SSPEED center enlisted former U.S. Secretary of State James Baker III to lobby Congress to create the Lone Star Coastal National Recreation Area, which would include Galveston Island and the Bolivar Peninsula. Participation by private property owners would be voluntary and no tax money would be used in the recreation area's creation.
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A Natural Recreation Area for the Texas Coast

A Natural Recreation Area for the Texas Coast | Proposed Lone Star Coastal National Recreation Area | Scoop.it
Five years ago Hurricane Ike wreaked havoc along 120 miles of the state's shoreline. In its aftermath, Rice University researchers helped create an innovative plan in which the natural coast can be both a protection from future storms and a boon to the state economy.
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