Northeast Texas Wildlife Refuge Approved

A new national wildlife refuge was approved in Anderson and Cherokee counties by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service.

The action would protect nearly 26,000 acres along 38 miles of the upper Neches river. this would prevent the city of Dallas from reserving the site for a future reservoir.

The federal government says, with more than 75- percent of the hardwood forests in Texas already destroyed, the trees and Neches river are ranked a "number one priority."