Construction of the trails for the new “Dunescape” began last week. This project will restore about two acres of dune habitat, and provide the public access and education on the importance of dune habitats on our local barrier islands, such as Mustang and North Padre Islands. The Dunescape will consist of walking paths and interpretive signage that will complement the new Water Wise Wildlife Garden. The interpretive signage will focus on the importance of dune habitats, including how these habitats provide valuable storm protection and essential food and cover for wildlife.
The project will restore the area to reflect a sustainable and natural dune habitat. The 2-acre area is currently heavily impacted by the invasive Guinea grass. This restoration will include removal of the invasive grass and continuous treatment, as well as replanting/seeding of native species.
This project is sponsored by the Mission-Aransas Reserve at The University of Texas Marine Science Institute with funding from the Coastal Bend Bays & Estuaries Program.