Nearly 6,900 acres of East Texas forestland to be protected

Nearly 6,900 acres of East Texas forestland to be protected
(Source: The Conversation Fund)
(Source: The Conversation Fund)
(Source: The Conversation Fund)
(Source: The Conversation Fund)

EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - The Conservation Fund and Texas A&M Forest Service announced the protection of 6,899 acres of working forestland near Palestine.

Officials with The Conservation Fund said along with the nearly 6,900 acres of forested wetlands, eleven miles of the Neches River near Palestine, and vital wildlife habitat for state and federally-listed species have been protected under a working forest conservation easement.

Funding from U.S. Forest Service's Forest Legacy Program, through the Land and Water Conservation Fund, has also enabled the protection of the viewshed of the Texas State Historical Railroad line and has helped secure water supply and quality for Jacksonville, Woodville, Lufkin, Nacogdoches, Palestine and Tyler.

The press release goes on to say,

With more than a third of the property, known as Bobcat Ridge, located within the authorized boundary of the Neches River National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), its protection will nearly double the amount of conserved lands within the boundary.


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