19,000 Acres of East Texas Forest Protected 12/23/13
AUSTIN, Texas - The T.L.L. Temple Foundation, International Paper and The Conservation Fund have closed a deal to protect 19,000 acres of hardwood forest along the Neches River in East Texas.
The groups say they closed the deal on the conservation easement Monday to protect the Boggy Slough Forest west of Lufkin.
The Temple family purchased the land in the 1900s. Owners since the 1960s have used Boggy Slough as a forest and wildlife management area and the new agreement guarantees that the hardwood forest and wetlands will be kept as a nature preserve.
The tract stretches 18-miles along the Neches River and includes 4,500 acres of riverside forest that has not been touched in decades.
Buddy Temple, the foundation's chairman, said the land is among the most unique places in Texas.