Target or Affiliated Species or Habitat
“The Lower Colorado River Authority serves customers and communities throughout Texas by managing the lower Colorado River; generating and transmitting electric power; ensuring a clean, reliable water supply; and offering access to nature at more than 40 parks, recreation areas and river access sites along the Texas Colorado River, from the Hill Country to the Gulf Coast” (Texas Parks and Wildlife Department 2015). In keeping with the LCRA’s goal of offering access to nature, the LCRA plans to create an ongoing plan outlining conservation management activities on LCRA lands in the lower Colorado River Basin.
These management activities will include “management and native vegetation planting to enhance monarch/native pollinator habitat” (Texas Parks and Wildlife Department 2015). In addition to planting milkweed and nectar plants, the LCRA will ensure that they “implement holistic land management practices that include appropriate monarch or native pollinator habitat restoration” (Texas Parks and Wildlife Department 2015), including removal of non-native species from seed mixes. To inspire other agencies to take part in pollinator conservation, the LCRA will establish two demonstration gardens at the natural science centers located at McKinney Roughs Nature Park and Matagorda Bay Nature Park.
Through interpretive signage at the demo sites, distribution of milkweed field guides, “civic group presentations, workshops, and field days” (Texas Parks and Wildlife Department 2015), the LCRA will educate other organizations about native plants and the importance of monarch and pollinator conservation. Finally, the LCRA commits to stay involved in monarch conservation through participation “in high-level dialogue with NGOs and state agencies to promote monarch and native pollinator conservation efforts” (Texas Parks and Wildlife Department 2015).