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Robert M. “Bob” Moore Wildlife Sanctuary
News Release
Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Blackard Pirates, LP to Donate Conservation Easement
Land to Remain Undeveloped Forever

WEBSTER, Texas -- Blackard Pirates, LP is donating a conservation easement to the Galveston Bay Foundation on a thirty-one acre island located north of Lafitte’s Cove in Galveston.  The island is located between Eckert’s Bayou and Delehide Cove and will be re-named The Robert M. “Bob” Moore Wildlife Sanctuary in honor of local Galvestonian Bob Moore.  Bob Moore has given decades of environmental service to Galveston Island.  The land will then be deeded by Blackard Pirates, LP to Cabeza de Vaca Center, a local Galveston Island land trust where it will be held in perpetuity in an undeveloped state.   

“Galveston Bay Foundation was chosen to accept the conservation easement because they understand the importance of preserving the environment in Galveston Bay. They are a well respected and sophisticated group,” Jeff Blackard explained.  “The Cabeza de Vaca Center was chosen to accept the land because of their passion for the preservation of the environment in Galveston,” he said. 

The primary purpose of a conservation easement is to protect valuable natural resources such as wildlife habitat, clean water, or scenic open space by separating the right to subdivide and build on the property from the other rights of ownership. In accepting the conservation easement, GBF has a responsibility to monitor future land use of the island to ensure compliance with the terms of the easement and to enforce the terms if a violation occurs. 

The mission of the Galveston Bay Foundation is to preserve, protect and enhance the natural resources of the Galveston Bay estuarine system and its tributaries for present users and for posterity.  The Foundation was incorporated in 1987 and is a non-profit organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code.  GBF is located at 17330 Highway 3 in Webster, Texas.  For further information contact GBF at 281-332-3381 or visit the website at www.galvbay.org for additional event and volunteer information. 




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