- Associated Press - Thursday, September 3, 2015

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - A Galveston nonprofit is planning to buy more coastal habitat to preserve.

The Galveston County Daily News (https://bit.ly/1EBNk9O ) reports that Artist Boat says it plans to purchase 99 acres owned by a by a partnership created by the Texas General Land Office and MP Marquette, Galveston, LLC. The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation provided the funding.

The land will be added to the Artist Boat’s Coastal Heritage Preserve, which is 300 acres on the island’s bay side that includes wetlands, tidal flats and prairie.

Artist Boat has worked since 2009 to buy back parts of about 1,000 acres from developers who once planned to build a resort and housing development on the site.

Artist Boat executive director Karla Klay says they hope to eventually build a center for education programs.

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