Our Forest, Our Community
During the 85th Texas Legislature, S.B. 1964 was introduced, at the request of Texas A&M, to authorize the use or lease of land within the Jones State Forest "for the construction of buildings or improvements for multipurpose uses, including academic, research, and private commercial uses..."
Many citizens of Conroe, The Woodlands, and surrounding communities strongly opposed the degradation of this local treasure and spoke against any development of the forest. After the substantial public outcry, a substitute bill was submitted that included language for the protection of 100% of the forest and the preservation of its original intent. This bill passed the Texas Senate, but failed to receive a vote in the House floor and died with the end of the close of the 85th legislature. Learn more about S.B. 1964
Currently, two bills, H.B. 792 and S.B. 345, have been introduced in the 86th legislature; both bills seek maintain the tree canopy cover of the forest. While this is a step in the right direction and would provide broad protections, Save Jones State Forest would like to see these measures strengthened with amendments that would (1.) provide third-party oversight by the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department and (2.) require the development of an Environmental Master Plan with public comment. Learn more about H.B. 792 and S.B. 345
At this time, Jones State Forest remains unprotected. S. B. 1964 was not the first time Jones State Forest was threatened by development and it will certainly not be the last. Save Jones State Forest is working to raise awareness and advocate for the preservation of Jones State Forest for future generations.
Individually we do not have the money, power, or influence to be heard, but together we are the People.