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Arlington Field Office attends East Texas Forests and Nature Tourism Symposium
Southwest Region, January 23, 2007
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On Tuesday, January 23, 2007, Jeff Reid of the East Texas Suboffice attended the East Texas Forests and Nature Tourism Symposium hosted by the Texas Committee on Natural Resources (TCONR), the Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce, and the National Wildlife Federation.  Over 100 attendees listened to speakers including the former Chief of the Forest Service Dr. Michael Dombeck, internationally-known tourism consultant Ted Eubanks, and panels of experts on nature tourism and the economic benefits of protecting natural areas. Dr. Dombeck discussed the importance of protecting the more-than half million acres of national forest land in East Texas and the value of these lands for tourism.  Mr. Eubanks discussed the ambitious land conservation and nature tourism initiative, The Pineywoods Experience, which aims to build a more profitable and sustainable economy for East Texas, preserve the land and its ecology, and protect the culture and heritage of the region.  The Supervisor of the National Forests in Texas, Fred Salinas, discussed national forest management and what tourism opportunities the National Forests in Texas offer wayward travelers.   The Regional Director for Region 8 of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s State Parks, Ellen Buchanan, provided verbal support for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s efforts to establish the Neches National Wildlife Refuge.

Contact Info: Martin Valdez, 505-248-6599, martin_valdez@fws.gov
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