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Neches National Wild and Scenic River
by John Bartos

During the June monthly HCC meeting, John Bartos discussed the letter the Conservation Committee wanted to send regarding asking for a study to make the Neches River a National Wild and Scenic River.

Here is the background story on that letter.  Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson introduced a bill to study the Neches River as a Wild and Scenic River (S. 2324, the Neches Wild and Scenic River Study Act). The Houston Canoe Club appreciates the unique character of the Neches and it's ecological, historical and recreational importance. The Texas Forestry Association has distributed a resolution opposing this study and sent it to congressional and state leaders. (Why would they oppose a study?)  To counter that, the HCC and numerous other environmental organizations are distributing resolutions of support for such a study and for preserving the Neches River. 

If any individual members are so inclined, your letters or calls to your congress member or Senator Cornyn may be helpful. 
Fax a letter to Senator Cornyn at 202-228-2856,
OR Email Senator Cornyn with this contact form,
OR Leave a message with his staff at 202-224-2934.
The Texas Conservation Alliance is taking one of the lead roles in this effort. See more info at www.tcatexas.org

The HCC approved sending the following letter:
Whereas, the Neches River is a significant economic asset to the Texas Forest Country of East Texas, supporting the timber, hunting, fishing, tourism, and recreation industries, and;

Whereas, the Neches River played a significant role in Texas history, and;

Whereas, the Neches River is the major corridor for waterfowl and songbird migration in the North American Central Flyway and features some of the best remaining wildlife habitat in Texas or the southeastern United States, and;

Whereas, designating the upper Neches River as a National Wild and Scenic River would highlight the region as a tourist destination, leading to economic growth, and;

Whereas, designating the upper Neches River as a National Wild and Scenic River would prevent damming of the river, protecting landowners along the river, and;

Whereas, a study of the upper Neches River as a National Wild and Scenic River would resolve questions that have been asked about the consequences of designating the river as Wild and Scenic, and;

Therefore Be It Resolved, that the Houston Canoe Club supports congressional authorization of a study of the upper Neches River for its potential as a National Wild and Scenic River.




 Conservation officer,
John Bartos