The City of Iowa Park is working jointly with the Texas Parks & Wildlife Division (TPWD) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to manage the population of Canada geese at Lake Gordon. This project will be implemented to:
- Protect past public investments in Lake Gordon, Oscar Park and the walking trail improvements.
- Promote Gordon Lake as a “crown jewel” for the economic development of Iowa Park and the region.
- Maintain a natural ecosystem as public open space for local recreational opportunities.
- Cooperate with the Texas Parks & Wildlife Division, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and local organizations.
- Increase public awareness of nature conservation programs to improve and protect local lakes for fish and wildlife as well as people.
- Provide sustained fishing opportunities through stocking and habitat management.
- Restore harmonious balance between all living creatures in ecosystem.
- Promote a healthy population of Canada geese in balance with other waterfowl, songbirds, fresh water fish and other natural populations.
- Reduce shoreline erosion to protect banks, walking trail and park infrastructure.
- Increase shoreline vegetation to provide suitable habitat, food and oxygen for fish and wildlife.
- Reduce nitrates in lake to improve water quality for fish and wildlife.
- Protect public and private property in vicinity of Lake Gordon.
- Promote public health and safety by reducing excessive goose waste from public walkways and recreational areas.
- Reduce threat to aircraft from local airfields.
- Maintain Oscar Park suitable for active and passive personal recreation and public events.
The City of Iowa Park will contract with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to thin the existing flock by means of a molting-season round-up. Excess Canada geese will be captured, transported off-site and euthanized in accordance with the Animal Damage Control Act, United States Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) Migration Bird Depredation Permit and American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Effective population control, ecosystem management and overall lake improvements will be long-term ongoing community projects.
For additional information, please contact:
Jason Griffin, Parks & Recreation Director
City of Iowa Park, Texas