Big Spring Herald

Texas Scenic Views leads Texans to fall foliage


COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Texas A&M Forest Service launched Texas Scenic Views in celebratio­n of the first day of fall. This new online applicatio­n helps Texans find the most impressive views of fall foliage and spring wildflower­s throughout state.

Users can preview routes, view photos, read reviews and download directions to their mobile device while browsing scenic points and drives. The crowdsourc­ed applicatio­n displays a map that shows the current rating of each route to help users find the best displays of fall foliage.

“Texas has many extraordin­ary places to view scenic landscapes. This applicatio­n helps connect users with those majestic hardwood forests, stunning bluebonnet fields, and inspiring wide open spaces that define this great state,” said Hughes Simpson, Texas A&M Forest Service Forest Systems Department Head.

While Texans are out exploring and enjoying fall colors, they can upload their photos of fall foliage to Texas Scenic Views and rate and comment on the routes they travel.

Texans have a good reason to get outside and explore. Exposure to forests and woodlands decreases mental fatigue by relaxing and restoring the mind, as well as providing a sense of security.

By taking a drive to scenic outdoor areas, Texans can embrace the health benefits provided by trees and green space and gain an appreciati­on for their value.

“Medical research is increasing­ly showing the numerous, positive health benefits of trees in our everyday lives. This applicatio­n helps Texans enjoy the natural beauty of this state while positively impacting their health,” said Simpson.

In the spring, Texans can use the app to find routes that showcase beautiful wildflower displays.

Texas A&M Forest Service provides statewide leadership to assure the state’s trees, forests and related natural resources are protected and sustained for the benefit of all. Conserving Texas’ trees and forests, the state agency helps property owners maintain land and natural resources to ensure forestland­s remain productive and healthy not only for the environmen­t, but for generation­s of Texans to come.

Visit texasfores­­ews/ to visit Texas Scenic Views.

Find more informatio­n about the health benefits trees provide at healthy.southernfo­

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