Stover Family donates land for the Big Thicket National Preserve

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By Mary Bernard
On Dec. 21, 2016, the Stover family of Silsbee finalized the transfer of a 68.4-acre parcel of land on Big Sandy Creek in Hardin County to the Big Thicket Natural Heritage Trust, a local land trust. The transfer included a charitable donation to the Trust by donating half the purchase price. The late Judge Earl ‘Smokey’ Stover and his wife  Juanita acquired the property in the 1960s with the thought of donating it once the Preserve was established. It’s forested land that supports hardwoods, pines, and cypress- lined creeks that flow into Big Sandy/Village Creek filling a gap in the Big Thicket National Preserve boundary.
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