The City of League City, with the assistance of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, is working to recreate an 11.2-acre coastal prairie in an area at the Dr. Ned and Fay Dudney Clear Creek Nature Center which has been overtaken by invasive Chinse Tallow trees over the past decade.
“This park originally had existing coastal prairie, but without proper maintenance of the prairie the invasive plants have taken over,” said Parks Board member Vaness Hamilton.
This project will remove the invasive species and clear the land to make way for the coastal prairie. With the invasive trees removed, hydro seeding of a native coastal prairie blend will follow.
“Chinese tallow are highly invasive species in Galveston County and what they do is crowd out the native species, so we will clear out most of it to prevent that from happening and to allow the coastal prairie to thrive,” said League City Arborist Heather Mcknight.
The initial tree removal will take upwards of 90 days and the Nature Center will be temporarily closed on Monday, July 22 and Tuesday, July 23.
The complete prairie restoration process will expand over several years. Once complete, it will be a thriving native habitat for the birds and animals of the area.
“We have a wonderful opportunity here to preserve and restore 11 acres of this habitat,” said Hamilton.