The tiny town of Snook has some people with some rather large hearts. The state of Texas decided a new highway needed to pass right through a grove of ancient trees on the property of Regina McCurdy. She and her family and friends waged a desperate, seven year campaign to save the old trees. 53,000 signatures later, they managed to convince TEXDOT to redirect their road. You can read the whole story in the Houston Chronicle.
With the Texas economy booming, population growth and the resulting development is something we all face. Despite these obstacles, we can count ourselves lucky we have so many people who care about protecting our natural wonders and the unique culture connected to our natural world.