Cattail Marsh

Members Mary Nell Jackson, Beth DiGiola and Mary Doebbeling
Members John and Gloria Hunter with HSA President Rae McKimm (center)

The Southeast Texas Unit of the Herb Society of America recently hosted members from the South Central District for a weekend of garden tours, education and comradery. Tours included Beaumont Botanical Gardens, Cattail Marsh, Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Outpost Tour and visits to local gardens.

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Photo by Tim Sudela

The Beaumont Convention and Visitors Bureau celebrated the grand opening of the Cattail Marsh boardwalk and viewing platforms Tuesday, July 26.

The new boardwalk features two covered platforms providing access to incredible views of the wetlands’ abundant wildlife. The boardwalk stretches 520 feet across the most active habitat within Cattail Marsh; it is 8 feet wide to the first viewing platform, and 6 feet in width to the second viewing platform.

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I have been following the progress of the new Folsom Walking Trail with much anticipation since reading an article by Kevin King back in April 2013 in The Examiner. Kevin let us know that “plans to construct a hike and bike trail alongside Folsom Drive and between Major Drive have taken steps forward.” The City Council at that time approved parking and access to the easement for construction and was looking for lowest bidders to get the job started.

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The Cattail Marsh at Tyrrell Park in Beaumont is closing for two days in March as the city hosts a collaboration of wildlife researchers examining local waterfowl.

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After years of polluted runoff into an aging — and some would say outdated — waste water treatment system, the City of Beaumont has successfully navigated a 4.5-year extension with the TCEQ

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