Approximately 4,650 acres of the Chocolate Bay Property in Texas that Affiliates of Lyme Acquired in 2018 to be Permanently Conserved

In November 2019, the board of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) approved funding for the acquisition of approximately 4,650 acres of land in Galveston and Brazoria Counties by the Galveston Bay Foundation. The Chocolate Bay property is strategically located in the West Galveston Bay Conservation Corridor and features expansive wetlands that provide significant wildlife and fisheries habitat for recreational and commercially important species, including fish, shrimp, crabs, ducks, geese, cranes, alligators and many other wetland-dependent fauna. The property will be conserved in perpetuity, further serving to enhance water quality in West Galveston Bay, preserve open space at a significant scale, and expand upon successful conservation efforts by in the area. The acquisition is one of 20 new projects receiving a grant from NFWF’s Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund (GEBF) created to support projects designed to remedy harm and reduce the risk of future harm to natural resources that were affected by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.