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You’ll find here the Texas Forest Country Living Top Stories from our staff of writers featuring the lifestyle and community of the Texas Forest Country region. The Texas Forest Country region includes the following Texas counties: Angelina, Houston, Jasper, Nacogdoches, Newton, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, Trinity and Tyler Counties.

Ashby on Roads and Border Security

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The home stretch leading up to the 84th Legislative Session is right around the corner. We will soon find out the new faces that will be joining the Texas House and Senate, bill filing will begin, and as quick as you can say “Merry...

5 Tips to Prevent Dry Eye This Winter

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1. Specialized Treatments LipiFlow® is a revolutionary dry eye treatment that opens up and cleans out the inflamed, clogged oil glands by gently heating the glands in the eyelid then “milking” out the inflammation-causing, clogged oils. The treatment is painless and only takes 12 minutes to...

Understanding Lime

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Lime now, but only if you need it Our high rainfall and soil composition in our region typically causes us to have acidic soils. Speaking technically, our soils will typically be below a 7 on the pH scale. And being practical, we add lime...

Rayonier Outlook Positive at TFA 100th Meeting

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LUFKIN, TEXAS – Charlie Pringle, a representative from Rayonier, addressed the future of the forest products industry during the Texas Forestry Association’s 100th annual meeting, Wednesday morning, Oct. 22, 2014.   Pringle shared Rayonier’s business overview and their outlook on the timber industry. As an international...

Georgia Pacific Outlines Future at TFA’s 100th Meeting

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LUFKIN, TEXAS – Mark Luetters, Executive Vice President of Building Products for Georgia-Pacific LLC, addressed the future of the forest products industry during the Texas Forestry Association’s 100th annual meeting, Wednesday morning, Oct. 22, 2014.   “There are significant housing uncertainties moving forward,” Luetters said. He...

Fall Leaf Management

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It's at this time of year that we clearly understand why another term for autumn is "fall"! The leaves slightest breeze brings down a shower of leaves from shade and ornamental trees. Now comes the time to decide how to deal with them.   The most...

Texas Forestry Association Plants Commemorative Tree

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A commemorative tree was planted today on the grounds of the United States Department of Agriculture – Forest Service office, Tuesday, October 14, 2014, in Lufkin, Texas.   The Shumard Oak, donated by Steely Lumber of Huntsville, Texas, was planted in honor of the Texas...

Harvesting Persimmons

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More and more in the fall, questions come in about harvesting persimmons. There are our natives and the commonly planted Oriental persimmons. Oriental persimmons generally start ripening around late October through the early part of December in our area. Much of the process associated...

In Your State Capitol with Trent Ashby

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As the lingering summer heat takes what is hopefully its last gasp, early voting is right around the corner, and the first patient with the Ebola virus in the U.S. succumbs in Dallas -- here is what else is going on at your State...

Winter preparation for lawns

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Care of your lawn in the fall is as important as in spring and summer. Regular care is the key to an attractive and healthy lawn through the fall and winter months. Here are few things you can do to help your lawn survive...