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HOME RANGE: Notes on Literature, Nature, Working Dogs, History, Martial Arts, Other Obsessions and Sundry Annoyances by Henry Chappell

Bois d'Arc Battle



Urban business interests and water developers want to condemn and drown some 16,000 acres of hardwood bottomland and farmland in northern Fannin County, Texas with a reservoir that will supply water to the thirsty and ever-growing Dallas-Fort Worth area. Here’s my take on the controversy in the latest issue of The Land Report. My thanks to editor Eric O’Keefe and his staff, and to Russell Graves for his fabulous photos. Much like the Marvin Nichols Reservoir controversy on the Sulphur River, the Bois d’Arc Creek fight pits rural Texans against urban interests. Given that Texas’s population is projected to double over the next forty years, the fighting will surely become more desperate.

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Little Creek, Big Fight

Spent yesterday with my friend Russell Graves on his home ground in the Bois D'Arc Creek bottomland in Fannin County, in northeast Texas. We're working on a little magazine project. Russell is shooting the photos, and I'm writing the story. Finished piece should be out early next year. Here's a little video Russell shot and produced a few years back:



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