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Senator Creighton provides update on Jones State Forest

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Texas Senate Bill 1964 introduced by Senator Brandon Creighton has many residents concerned about new possible development in William Goodrich Jones State Forest. Read the breaking story here.

Today Tuesday, March 28, 2017, Senator Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe) issued a statement regarding Senate Bill 1964 relating to Jones State Forest:

“I am hearing constituent responses loud and clear,” said Senator Creighton. “I agree the requested A&M language is drafted too broadly and I plan to remove the ‘commercial’ language from the bill.”

“As the State Senator for District 4, I filed this bill to honor a request to begin this conversation. As the author, we are assured the people of Montgomery County will have a voice as Texas A&M further explains their concept,” said Senator Creighton. “I feel the process here is working and my initial plan to require further restrictions to protect the future of the forest remain in place.”

Senator Creighton will add a comprehensive conservation easement to protect 90% of the forest from ever being used for anything other than its current use.

Tommy Williams, Vice Chancellor for State and Federal Relations at the Texas A&M University System and former state senator for Senate District 4 said, “The Texas A&M System would like to further our land grant mission by using a limited portion of Jones State Forest for educational purposes beyond the current use. We appreciate Senator Creighton’s help in facilitating the process to obtain feedback from locals in the community on this proposal.”

The bill has been referred to the Senate Higher Education committee where it awaits a hearing (date/time to be determined by the Chair). Under Senate rules, the bill’s language cannot be altered until that public hearing.

Learn more about the bill.



  1. Jessica

    March 28, 2017 at 9:20 PM

    Don’t be fooled into complacency by Senator Creighton’s backstepping and change in tone from his recent postings and letters to “his people”.

    He and Tommy Williams are wanting to take approximately 10% of the forest for the purpose of leasing. Once it is gone… it is gone…

    You think TAMUS is going to lease to themselves? No, they are looking at income producing methods and practices for long-term profit where the net profits go to the system board of regents for self-directed discretionary spending.

    Please repeat this every time you are told or feel this is a good thing…

    “EVERY inch of the forest is considered endangered red-cockaded woodpecker habitat or areas that will be once the trees are big enough. Please understand that the entire 1700 acres forest is endangered species habitat and the TAMU System and board of regents want to have the authority to chip away at the forest to allow for private and economic gains rendered from the lease money are derived from the development of land.”

    The benefits of the forest to wildlife, for recreational opportunities, toward nature education and just enjoyment of the beautiful outdoor space will make way for lovely oily stained concrete, light-filled parking lots, noisy traffic, roaring roadways, and inadequate retention water runoff containment.

    Contact each of these folks that have their finger in this forest pot directly by phone and email – Creighton’s office, TAMUS Board of Regents, Vice Chancellor’s Tommy Williams, Texas Legislation Education Committee is where the SB 1964 is before for approval.

    Tommy Williams
    (979) 458-6016

    Brandon Crieghton
    2829 Technology Forest, Suite 240
    The Woodlands, Texas 77381
    (281) 292-4128 Local
    (512) 463-0104 Austin

    TX Senate Committee on Education
    Larry Taylor
    Eddie Lucio, Jr.
    Paul Bettencourt
    Donna Campbell
    Bob Hall
    Don Huffines
    Bryan Hughes
    Kel Seliger
    Van Taylor
    Carlos Uresti
    Royce West
    (512) 463-0355

    The Board of Regents of The Texas A&M University System
    Cliff Thomas, Chairman
    Elaine Mendoza, Vice Chairman
    Phil Adams
    Robert L. Albritton
    Anthony G. Buzbee
    Morris E. Foster
    Bill Mahomes
    Judy Morgan
    Charles W. Schwartz
    Stephanie Y. Martinez, Student Regent
    (979) 458-6000

    TELL THEM, NO PART OF THE FOREST IS OPEN FOR DEVELOPMENT in any form or fashion no matter how they sugar coat it: a future TAMU extended campus or environmentally friendly nature store or businesses to help bring world peace and end to world hunger.


    Think about this. What about those of our friends and families that will back up to that 10% leased land? Hope you aren’t thinking, “better them than me!”
    Help them by keeping up the push.

    You are not just saying NO TO DEVELOPMENT, you are saying YES to the preservation of our quality of life and our children’s future!

  2. Margaret Henderson

    March 29, 2017 at 9:24 AM

    If you will open your eyes and look at what D R Horton has done with the land he acquired from the Jacobs family, you will see what the future results would be for Jones Forest. Nothing seems to matter to D R Horton except the almighty dollar to be gained from developing everything around us for multi-family living. We now will be forced to share our exit and entrance with hundreds from the apartments that we also are forced to look at while we go in or out of our homes. When I built my home here, FM1488 was a 2 lane road through the forest and now I am forced into handling a traffic jam any time I leave home.

  3. Terri

    March 30, 2017 at 7:32 AM

    Brandon: Forget about the 90%. Forget about the 10%. Leave it alone. Your voters are smarter than you are. We are stronger than you are. Your political career is weakening every day you hang on to this very bad idea. You’ve already lost the faith of many of your constituents. Unless it’s already too late, your last best chance is to back up, turn around, and walk away. Have a nice day.