Magazine article American Forests

Seth Menter, Manager of Forest Restoration

Magazine article American Forests

Seth Menter, Manager of Forest Restoration

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RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS

IN THE EARLY SPRING, I HEADED down to Texas' Lower Rio Grande Valley with our director of forest restoration, Jesse Buff, to check out our longest-running restoration project. For the past 15 years, we have partnered with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to work in the Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge--and there are still many years to go.

This habitat restoration project takes old farmland and restores it to the natural ecosystem called Talmulipan brush. This brushland is a mixture of trees and shrubs that becomes so incredibly dense once it gets to a mature state that it is nearly impossible to walk through. That also makes it the perfect place for the endangered ocelot to make its home, along with several hundred other species of flora and fauna.

The project's goal has been to acquire 132,000 acres of farmland throughout the region and restore it to its native ecosystem. …

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