Status and Trends of Inland Wetland and Aquatic Habitats in the Corpus Christi Area

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2008

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Wetland and aquatic habitats are essential components of estuarine systems along the Texas coast. These valuable resources are highly productive biologically and chemically and are part of an ecosystem on which a variety of flora and fauna depend. Scientific investigations of wetland distribution and abundance through time are prerequisites to effective habitat management, thereby ensuring their protection and preservation and directly promoting long-term biological productivity and public use. This report presents results of an investigation to determine the current status and historical trends of wetlands and associated aquatic habitats in the Corpus Christi area from Lamar Peninsula to Encinal Peninsula. The study area encompasses most of the mainland between the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW) and the Texas General Land Office Coastal Management Program boundary, an area located within Refugio, Aransas, San Patricio, and Nueces Counties (Fig. 1). Natural environments include wetlands, wind-tidal flats, riparian woodlands, and bay shorelines. The methods and classification system used in this report follow those found in the Texas coastal barrier-island report for the Coastal Bend (White et al., 2002).

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