LSCNRA | Lone Star Coastal National Recreation Area (Jim Blackburn)
The proposed Lone Star Coastal National Recreation Area (LSCNRA) was conceived at the SSPEED Center in 2010 as a non-structural flood damage reduction strategy. This proposal has been carried forward since 2011 by a coalition of stakeholders – including individuals, non-governmental organizations and local, state and federal agencies - led by Houston businessman John Nau and former Secretary of State James Baker. The goal of the proposed LSCNRA is to leverage existing conserved coastal lands toward a robust nature-based tourism and recreation sector. Such a sector, requiring no to minimal additional infrastructure, compatible with periodic surge flooding and recovering quickly following storms, is compatible with structural approaches to surge mitigation and would enhance coastal resilience.