The U.S. Migratory Bird Conservation Commission has approved more than $3.8 million to expand a national wildlife refuge in northeast Louisiana, and another $2.8 million to expand refuges in Texas and California.
Duck stamps are providing most of the money for all five projects approved Wednesday in Washington, according to a news release from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
In Louisiana, it's expanding the Upper Ouachita National Wildlife Refuge in Union and Morehouse parishes. The service will buy 3,276 acres and expand the boundaries by a total of 18,711 acres.
The commission also approved a potential future addition of another 15,435 acres.
The purchase is the largest of five approved Wednesday by the commission. It also approved $2 million to buy land for three refuges in Texas and $782,000 to add 305 acres to the Tulare Basin Wildlife Management Area in Kern and Tulare counties, California.
The Texas projects are:
- $1.7 million for a high-priority 1,227-acre tract for the Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge in Chambers County;
- $162,399 for 234 acres for the Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge in Liberty County and
- $138,500 for 30 acres for the San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge in Brazoria County.