Gulf-Houston Regional Conservation Plan (Gulf-Houston RCP) is a long-term collaborative of environmental, business, and governmental entities working together to implement an ecosystem resilience plan for the Eight-County Gulf-Houston region: Brazoria, Chambers, Galveston, Fort Bend, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery and Waller Counties.
2019 Houston Wilderness RCP Key Goals Facilitation Forums
April 11th Regional Development/Engineer Forum - COMPLETE
May 17th Ecosystem Restoration Projects in the USACE Coastal Texas Study Forum - COMPLETE
July 10th Native Grass Sod & Specs Forum - COMPLETE
September (tbd) Regional Govt Collaboration Forum
October 29th RCP Planning/Steering Cmte Forum
Gulf-Houston Rcp working list of projects -
interactive project Map
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Updated June 2019
Gulf-Houston Regional Conservation Plan (Gulf-Houston RCP) is a long-term collaborative of environmental, business, and governmental entities working together to implement an ecosystem resilience plan for the Eight-County Gulf-Houston region. The 8 counties in the RCP are: Brazoria, Chambers, Galveston, Fort Bend, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery and Waller County.
In addition to providing the only online interactive database of all targeted nature-based infrastructure projects taking place in the region, the three key goals of the RCP include: (1) Increasing the current 9.7% in protected/preserved land in the eight-county region to 24% of land coverage by 2040, (2) Increasing and supporting the region-wide land management efforts to install nature-based stabilization techniques, such as low-impact development, living shorelines, and bioswales, to 50% of land coverage by 2040, and (3) providing research and advocacy for an increase of 0.4% annually in air quality offsets through carbon absorption in native soils, plants, trees, and oyster reefs throughout the eight county region.
Thousands of individuals, hundreds of businesses and every government agency in this 8-county region is a part of the Gulf-Houston RCP data collection and achievement goals in one or more ways. For example, various organizations are part of the 12.3% in current or future protected/preserved land in the 8-county region through creation and maintenance of parks, natural areas, riparian corridors, detention basins, reservoirs, etc). Individuals and organizations who work or live in an area that have installed nature-based stabilization techniques on their property through green infrastructure techniques, bioswales, or other native plantings are contributing to nature-based community resilience. And, individuals, organizations and institutions that are adding more native trees, plants and living shorelines to our region are engaging in carbon sequestration annually.
Learn more about the partners on this project here.
The following maps outline the key areas and projects targeted in Phases 1 and 2 of the Regional Conservation Plan
Gulf-Houston RCP: Key Initiatives
Click the links below to access key documents about the plan: