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Proposition 5

The amendment will be on the ballot Nov. 5. Early voting starts Oct. 21. Image by Julie Thibodeaux.

As a friend and supporter of the Northeast Texas  Trail, you are aware of our efforts to complete the NETT and  have it eventually become a Texas State Park.  Many of you have helped us along the way in our quest and we are immensely grateful for the support you have provided and continue to provide.  Without you, that vision cannot and will not succeed.

The Leadership of the NETT feels it’s important that we remind you that there is an issue on the Texas ballot that, we believe, would have a profound effect on our long term goal.  And that is Proposition 5.  That ballot proposition supports a constitutional amendment to dedicate revenue from the state sales tax on sporting goods to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas Historical Commission.

 What would Proposition 5 change?

In Texas, the state legislature is allowed to appropriate revenue from the sales tax (6.25 percent) on sporting goods to the state Parks and Wildlife Department and the state Historical Commission. Proposition 5 would add language to the Texas Constitution dedicating revenue from the sales tax on sporting goods to the state Parks and Wildlife Department and the state Historical Commission. Whereas the current law allows the legislature to allocate the revenue for other uses, Proposition 5 would require a two-thirds vote in each legislative chamber to reduce the amount for the parks, wildlife, and historical agencies. Furthermore, the ballot measure would prohibit the legislature from decreasing the amount for the parks, wildlife, and historical agencies by more than 50 percent.

This change would NOT create any new taxes.

The Leadership of the Northeast Texas Trail encourages your support of Proposition 5. We believe Proposition 5 would go far toward helping us achieve our long-term goal of completing the NETT and becoming a Texas State Park.

6 Texas State Grants Awarded

Great news!!!  Yesterday, the TPWD Commission announced that we were awarded 6 recreational trail grants.  Please visit www.tpwd.texas.gov and click under TPWD State News and Media for the official news release of our awarded grants.

My sincere thank you to all of you who were instrumental in preparing these applications!

Six Grants for $1,174,400 Approved

The Northeast Texas Trail Coalition is excited to announce that Texas Parks and Wildlife recently approved six different grants totaling $1,174,400 for various Northeast Texas Trail projects! It’s important to note that these funds are National Recreational Trails Fund doll

ars that fund recreational trail construction, renovation and acquisition. These are federal dollars that are generated from a portion of the federal tax on gasoline. Of these funds, 30% are for motorized recreational trails, 30% for non-motorized and 40% is marked as discretionary. In essence, these are dollars that we, as Texans, send to Washington coming back home to projects here in Northeast Texas.

 Open the PDF here for a rundown on grants received!

 

 

Visitor’s Guide

Locate entrance points across East Texas and start your journey today from Farmersville to New Boston.

Trail Map

Overview of the Trail with interactive Google Map. See details about the trail…

History of the NETT

When completed, NETT will be the largest trail in Texas. Learn more about our history.

Texas Legislative News

Northeast Texas Trail has two bills before the Texas Legislature working toward our efforts to complete the Trail and become a 130 mile long Texas State Park.

Introducing the Tom Ellis White Park in Wolfe City

Wolfe City Rail Trail now has a primitive overnight camp ground! This beautiful park is located at the city lakes which is right off the trail. ​Trail users passing thru now have a spot to stop and rest for the night. They can safely pitch a tent while biking,...

Wolfe City Chili Cookoff – Saturday, November 17th!!

The first annual Wolfe City chili and cornbread cook off will take place November 17th. Enter your best batch of chili or cornbread for a chance to win 50% of total entries. Spectators will have the opportunity to purchase bowls for $10 with all proceeds benefiting...

Jack Neal, New NETT Executive Director

                The Northeast Texas Trail (NETT) Coalition, a non-profit organization that   advocates for the full development of the NETT, announces the hiring of Jack Neal as its first executive director. His hiring follows a successful fund drive to find...

2016-2017 NETT Strategic Plan

On June 25th, 2016, a Joint Session of the NorthEast Texas Trail (NETT) Board of Directors, the working committees, and interested trail supporters met at the Paris City Council Chambers.   At this meeting the Committee Chairs presented their committees efforts of 3 -...

Our Journey So Far

The Northeast Texas Trail has come a long way over the last few years. Some of our achievements include: 17 of 130 Miles Developed  with All-Weather Surface $6 Million Spent on Development from 2003 through 2015 • Texas Parks & Wildlife Recreational Trail Grant –...

NETT Opening Day Overview

Find out about the latest happenings going on at NETT and get involved.

Walking Outdoor Art Gallery

Students and members of the PJC Art League have decorated trash cans that are on display at different locations along the trail. "Each can is an original work," said PJC art instructor Susan Moore. "The subject matter ranges in scope from deep space and the solar...

The quest to hike the 130-mile Northeast Texas Trail

Our 130-mile Northeast Texas Trail from Farmersville to New Boston made the Cover Page and Story of the 2013 November issue of the Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine. Read the full article on how a hiker sets off to be the first to walk the Northeast Texas Trail.

One Heck of a Trek

Northeast Texas Trail. Become a part of completing the trail way and building a destination for current and future generations, and a legacy for our children and grandchildren. Successfully completed trail sections have proven they richly enhance the quality of life...

Supporters hear update on 130-mile Northeast Texas Trail through Paris

Supporters of the Northeast Texas Trail met Friday afternoon at the Love Civic Center to discuss completion of the trail. Lunch was provided before the meeting by the Lamar County Chamber of Commerce and Friends of the Trail. Lamar County Judge Chuck Superville opened...