September 22nd, 2008
You don’t have to read a lot of newpapers to find coverage of the damage Hurricane Ike has done to vital coastal habitat.
- Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge (USA Today)
- J. D. Murphee Wildlife Management Area (The Guardian – London):
“We’re going to take the critters that crawl or walk, and for the full
stretch of the coastal zone that got the full impact of the coastal flood,
they’re just eliminated.”
- Galveston and Sea Rim state parks (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
- South Texas ecosystems (Lubbock Avalanche-Journal)
- Beaumont-Big Thicket area forests (Beaumont Enterprise):
“About 612 million cubic feet of timber on an expanse of 473,000 acres was
damaged and affected as a result of the storm.”
It will take Texans years to recover from the damage of Ike. It may take our coastal habitats even longer.