White Creek Restoration
White Creek is a natural landform asset on the West Campus of Texas A&M that extends from the front of the Horticulture/Forestry Sciences Building to the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum. In 1998, the Board of Regents designated the area as the West Campus Greenway. The Gardens at Texas A&M University project will preserve this area for generations to come.
As green space in the Brazos Valley becomes more of a rarity, The Gardens will repair and sustain natural habitats for flora and fauna. Preserving the White Creek and surrounding Post Oak Savannah is critical to sustaining native wildlife, including nearly 50 bird species.
Restoration of White Creek will also create an outdoor teaching laboratory focused on conservation and preservation of riparian areas. Texas A&M has invested $1.5 million in the initial restoration efforts for White Creek. The Gardens project seeks additional funding to enhance this effort and create an educational demonstration for creek restoration.
Education and training activities associated with the White Creek Restoration would address riparian buffer and creek restoration, stormwater management, non-point source pollution and more. An interpretive system would support the White Creek Restoration.
The Gardens strive to create a premier teaching garden to educate college and K-12 students, farmers and ranchers, and industry professionals in the natural sciences and the environment.
College students will gain valuable hands-on, in-the-field experience to enhance their classroom studies in disciplines ranging from ecology to land management to creek restoration and culture.
Farmers, ranchers and industry professionals will attend workshops and short courses associated with land management and water stewardship.
Thousands of streams similar to White Creek are found throughout urban and rural Texas. The White Creek Restoration will serve as a living laboratory and demonstration for the best management practices to preserve such endangered riparian areas.