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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.

Ellen Temple to be Honored with Audubon Texas Women Leaders in Conservation Award

2015 Distinguished Honorees Selected, Program Named for Noted Conservationist Terry Hershey   HOUSTON, Texas (December 3, 2014) - Audubon’s Texas Women in Conservation Program will debut in 2015 to honor the role that women play in the conservation field in the Lone Star State. A key...

That Perfect Christmas Tree

For more than 150 years, many Americans have enjoyed the tradition of a fresh, fragrant evergreen tree as part of their Christmas celebrations. Today 30–35 million real trees are sold each holiday season, and there have never been more sources from which to select.  As...

Water and Education

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and were able to spend time with family and loved ones. The Christmas season is now upon us, and on its heels is the 84th Legislative Session. The legislative world is buzzing with anticipation of what...

Jasper Christmas in the Park

Christmas in the Park is an annual holiday tradition that takes place in the heart of downtown Jasper, Texas along the banks of Sandy Creek Park. A vision of the City of Jasper, this event was created and patterned after the Festival of Lights...

Six Essential Winter Trends and Tips

Check out these six essentials for building a comprehensive, stylish winter wardrobe. These must-have pieces are in line with the season’s hottest trends.   • ROBE COATS: This chic throwback to the 80’s provides a luxurious wrap-around to keep you cozy on your walk outside....

Great time to add trees and shrubs to landscape

As the weather is definitely cooler, now is a perfect time to add a new tree or a grouping of shrubs to the landscape.  Many people prefer January through March for planting, but the fall months of September through December have distinct advantages. Fall planting...

Representative Ashby Files Legislation Protecting Prosecuters

State Representative Trent Ashby (R-Lufkin) took advantage of early bill filing earlier this month by proposing legislation that, if enacted, would protect district attorneys, along with other prosecutors, by enabling them to openly carry firearms for safety purposes.   “The tragic murders of Kaufman County...

Pecans in Your Landscape

Often asked is what it takes to have a great pecan tree that can be depended on to produce pecans!   While pecan trees can grow all over our area, harvesting quality pecan nuts is a little difficult. Considerations for pecan production include soil type,...

DETCOG Board Meeting a Time for Recognition and Appreciation

Livingston, Texas – The November Board Meeting of the Deep East Texas Council of Governments quickly became a day for recognition and remembrances. It was Polk County Judge John Thompson’s final opportunity to host the event in his county. After serving 26 years...