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Forest officials working with public to create drought recovery plan

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NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) -

Monday night forest service officials held a public meeting to review the evaluation of Davy Crockett National Forest trails and other public areas affected by dead and dying trees.

Though the National Weather Service has declared the drought to be over, the impacts are still felt in East Texas. District and forest service personnel hiked through the trails in Davy Crockett and counted the hazardous trees.

After the evaluation hiking trails, horse trails and some hunting camps were closed for the safety of the public.

 "I wouldn't take my seven-year-old out there so in the end, as a person responsible for forest service employee safety and the safety of the public we serve. We decided to close the trails until we could evaluate them," said Stephanie Neal Johnson, Forest Supervisor, National Forest and Grasslands of Texas.

The meeting gave members in the community the opportunity to write down their priorities on what trails to open first. Forest officials will review the comments and will have a plan of action by May 4th

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