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Trinity River Headquarters Groundbreaking Brings New Vision
Brandt Mannchen

Conservationists should celebrate as often as possible, since the assault on our environment is never ending and we often feel overwhelmed. On March 18, 2011, about 50 people celebrated the groundbreaking for the headquarters of the Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge (TRNWR). The headquarters will be constructed across FM 1011 from the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center in Liberty County. As U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service refuge manager, Stuart Marcus said, "It only took us 17 years to get here." Construction should be complete by December 2011 or January 2012 when there will be a ribbon cutting. It will be worth it!

Currently, the TRNWR rents space in the town of Liberty for its offices. When built, the new headquarters will be a place where all TRNWR personnel can work, plan future activities, and enjoy the view. In addition, (let's hope it does not take another 17 years) land near the headquarters will be used for a visitor center.

The location of the headquarters has a lot to offer. The grounds where the headquarters will be built has scattered Pecan, Deciduous Holly, and Rough-leaf Dogwood Trees. Many prairie plants (Indian Plantain for instance) can also be found here. Black Willow and Pecan trees outline the background behind the headquarters. The land behind the headquarters, in the distance, is also a part of the TRNWR and contains a beautiful cypress swamp. In addition, only a few miles away from the headquarters, is the McGuire Unit of the TRNWR. So in the future people will have lots to see when they visit the headquarters.

On the way to the TRNWR we observed beautiful phlox, spiderwort, star-grass, oxalis, dewberry, and phacelia blooming along the roadsides. After the groundbreaking we visited the McGuire Unit. The butterflies were everywhere and we flushed a group of feral hogs as we walked the trails. Persimmon trees were scattered along the trail where a profusion of wildflowers bloomed. The creeks were sinuous and lined with Bald Cypress.

For sure the TRNWR is a jewel that is well worth visiting.

March 2011

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