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Luminant Begins Project to Enhance Grassland Bird Habitat

06-09-2012

Partnership with Texas Parks & Wildlife will reestablish thousands of acres for bobwhite quail and other species.

A new partnership with Texas Parks & Wildlife is planting the seed to help improve the state’s struggling grassland bird habitat.

From March through May, crews have planted 40,000 pounds of native grass and flowering plant seed across 1,200 acres of Luminant’s Kosse Mine in Limestone and Robertson counties. The process, which has already resulted in newly developing grasslands, is the first step in rehabilitating existing land as a habitat for grassland birds.

“Quail and grassland birds are the most rapidly declining bird group in the United States today, so it’s a big focus for us to return these habitats to what they would have been,” said Jason Hardin with Texas Park & Wildlife’s Upland Game Bird Program. “Luminant’s Kosse Mine is the first mine to take full advantage of the newly developed quail and grassland bird land-use practice, so we’re really excited and looking forward to seeing how it progresses.”

“Wildlife management and the redevelopment of wildlife habitat is an important part of our mine reclamation program at all of our Luminant mines, but here at Kosse it’s the primary focus,” said Shawn Glacken, Luminant’s senior vice president of environmental services. “We’re proud to be on the forefront of this rehabilitation effort and hope our steps to create a quality wildlife habitat will help improve the future for these species.”

Luminant expects to plant another 200 acres this year, with substantial growth expected to be noticeable later this summer. Project leaders are hopeful that a variety of ground birds will call the area home by next spring.

 

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