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Volunteers help restore Texas Forestry Museum

LUFKIN, April 3, 2013--Texas Forestry Museum is getting spruced up, courtesy of the Texas Society of American Foresters (TSAF).  Foresters joining together from around the state spent Wednesday working to repair the landscape around the museum, devastated by the 2011 drought.  The area that houses the train exhibit behind the museum was also in dire straits following repairs to the train track.

The Society of American Foresters is an organization of professional foresters dedicated to the advancement of the science, education, technology, and practice of sustainable forestry for the benefit of society.  The Texas Chapter and local SAF chapters have a vested interest in the Texas Forestry Museum and their members were glad to be able to help with this project.  TSAF Chairman, Eric Gage, said, “The Texas Forestry Museum is a tremendous resource to the state, documenting the rich history and ecological, economic, and social importance of Texas forests to the citizens of this great state. We are honored to partner with the only museum of its kind in Texas.”

Texas Forestry Museum Director Mary Alice Cook was grateful for the volunteers who spent time shoveling, digging, using chain saws and doing other callous-forming work to make the forest around the museum available for outdoor programs again.  “Visitors to the museum will once again have access to an outdoor venue where they can take a walk while learning more about our forest resources and the early history of this area,” said Cook.  

A hangar dance, “Jump, Jive & Wail” with music from the 1940’s will be held at the Winston Hanger at the Angelina County Airport on May 11 to help fund the museum and its programs. Tickets can be purchased at the museum or online at www.treetexas.com.

The Texas Forestry Museum is a private non-profit organization located at 1905 Atkinson Dr. in Lufkin. The museum is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday, except for major holidays. For more information about scheduled events or museum membership, call 936-632-9535

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