Land Preservation Agreement Protects 16.8 Miles Of Neches River

December 1, 2011

neches river

Boggy Slough. Photo by Jay Brittain / Temple-Inland

Austin, Texas — Temple-Inland, in cooperation with The Conservation Fund, has permanently preserved 4,458 acres of vital bottomland hardwood forests along an 16.8 mile stretch of the Neches River known as Boggy Slough. A conservation easement donated by Temple-Inland assures the perpetual stewardship of the exceptional wildlife habitat within the river bottom west of Lufkin, between State Highways 7 and 94.

For decades Boggy Slough has been managed as a wildlife and forest management research and demonstration area. The tract provides ideal habitat for white-tailed deer and eastern turkey as well as numerous ducks, songbirds and fish.

“Temple-Inland has an impressive 110-year history of managing their lands for conservation values and outcomes. The protection of Boggy Slough further demonstrates their commitment to long-term conservation in east Texas—an area that is one of the Fund’s top priorities nationwide,” said Andy Jones, Texas director for The Conservation Fund. “This easement is another big step towards the permanent protection of the Neches River and the associated benefits to water quality and wildlife habitat from good land management.”

Over the past seven years, Temple-Inland has helped The Conservation Fund protect over 15,000 acres of forestland in Alabama, Georgia and Texas, linking the Pinhoti Trail to the Appalachian National Scenic Trail and adding vital cypress-tupelo swamps to Big Thicket National Preserve. In addition, the Temple-Inland Foundation has donated more than $15,000 to the Fund to assist with conservation efforts in Texas.

About The Conservation Fund
At The Conservation Fund, we combine a passion for conservation with an entrepreneurial spirit to protect your favorite places before they become just a memory. A hallmark of our work is our deep, unwavering understanding that for conservation solutions to last, they need to make economic sense. Top-ranked, we have protected more than 7 million acres across America.

About Temple-Inland Inc.

Temple-Inland Inc. is a manufacturing company focused on corrugated packaging and building products. The fully integrated corrugated packaging operation consists of 7 mills and 57 converting facilities. The building products operation manufactures a diverse line of building products for new home construction, commercial and repair and remodeling markets.

Press Release Contacts

Ann Simonelli | The Conservation Fund | 703-908-5809 |

Carolyn Elmore, Temple-Inland Inc., (512) 434-2567,

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