Contact Us

Drought Kills Half a Billion Texas Trees

The Texas Forest Service reports the unrelenting Texas drought has killed as many as 500 million mature trees — 10 percent of the state’s entire forest cover — and the end is not in sight.

via flickr/vsmoothe

The shocking preliminary numbers are the first results from an unprecedented statewide survey of tree mortality across 63 million acres of Texas forest land this year.

Although the drought played a role in a large number of wildfires, it didn’t cause all of them, so the 500 million estimate does not include trees that were lost to wildfires, or trees that succumbed to heat and thirst in urban areas.

And the stress of the past year of record-setting heat, high winds and low rainfall will continue to take its toll on living trees, whether the drought continues as forecast for at least another six months or not, because they are too weak to survive.

Foresters say the drought has decimated large numbers of tough native species such as ashe juniper (commonly referred to as cedar), cedar elm, post oaks and the loblolly pines of East Texas.

Three multicounty areas, including one in east Texas, appear to be the hardest hit.  Loblolly pines — the state’s most valuable commercial timber crop, used for lumber, pulp and paper products — are dying in Harris, Montgomery, Grimes, Madison and Leon counties.

The Forest Service says about two-thirds of all the pine seedlings planted in East Texas this year have died.  About half the seedlings planted two seasons ago have also died, but foresters say they’ll plant again next year because forests are very resilient.

via Texas may have lost 10% of its trees.

The Forest Service estimates there are about 4.9 billion mature trees in Texas, which may come as news to people in the northeast, many of whom really believe Texas has nothing but desert, cactus and tumbleweeds.

If this drought doesn’t end soon, much of the state WILL look like that.

Win McNamee, Getty Images
Win McNamee, Getty Images
[

Governor Perry Is Sending Troops To The Texas-Mexico Border

Governor Rick Perry announced Monday he was sending a thousand troops to the border with Mexico to combat the border crisis, and said that process will happen over the next month.

Read More|Comment

Malaysian Airlines Flight Reported Missing On Route To Beijing
[

Malaysian Passenger Jet With 295 Onboard Crashes Near Ukraine-Russia Border [UPDATED]

A Malaysia Airlines jet carrying nearly 300 people crashed near the border between Russia and Ukraine, according to Reuters and Interfax. The airline company has confirmed that it has lost contact with the plane, a Boeing 777.

Read More|Comment

Category: News, World News
Stuart Scott
ESPN, YouTube
[

Watch Stuart Scott’s Heartbreaking Speech at the ESPYs [VIDEO]

Longtime ESPN personality Stuart Scott literally took center stage at Tuesday night's ESPY Awards when he accepted the Jimmy V Perseverance Award. And his speech did not disappoint.

Read More|Comment

Category: News, Sports, Television Tags:
McAllen Police Dept
McAllen Police Dept
[

Texas Judge Arrested for DWI

Late Saturday night, Nora Longoria, a justice with the 13th Court of Appeals in McAllen was arrested and charged with suspicion of DWI. 

Read More|Comment

Category: Texas News Tags:
Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
[

Thousands Help Lone Survivor After Her Family Is Killed in Spring, TX

After her family was killed execution style last Wednesday near Houston, people are coming out in droves to help the 15-year old sole survivor.

Cassidy Stay's parents and four siblings were killed in the shootings at their home, but Cassidy survived after a bullet grazed her head and she played dead until the violence ended. Now almost $300,000 has been raised for her benefit, as she starts her new life without her family.

Read More|Comment

Getty Images-Online USA
Getty Images-Online USA
[

Lone Ranger Outfit Brings In Big Bucks at Texas Auction

The family of a late businessman and collector decided to put the original Lone Ranger outfit on the auction block, and it brought in $195,000 at the auction in Waco Saturday.

Read More|Comment

Monkey Business
Monkey Business
[

Three Weeks Left To Nominate a Lufkin Small Business Of The Year

Do you have a favorite ice cream shop, burger joint, lawn service or barber?  Tell everyone about them!

Now is the time to nominate your favorite Mom or Pop shop for Small Business of the Year with the Lufkin Chamber of Commerce.

Read More|Comment

Category: East Texas News, News Tags: ,
David McNew/Getty Images
David McNew/Getty Images
[

Game Wardens Have Been Targeting Lakes Looking for Drunk Boaters

If one of your favorite things to do during the summer is pack some frosty beverages on ice and head to the lake, be safe when you hop on the boat!

Read More|Comment

Category: East Texas News, News Tags:
Texas Tech Cheerleader Hunter Kendall Jones
Facebook
[

Facebook Deletes Hunting Pics Posted By Texas Tech Cheerleader

Pictures on Texas Tech Cheerleader Kendall Jones' Facebook page went viral recently, and now Facebook has deleted some of them.

Read More|Comment

Deadly Mosquito
[

There May Be A Reason Why Mosquitoes Target You And Not Others

If you feel like mosquitoes love you, there may be a scientific reason behind it.

And how can you encourage them to leave you alone?

Read More|Comment

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://ksfa860.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on NEWSTALK 860 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here

Register on NEWSTALK 860 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!