BY John Boyette,
Texas A&M Forest Service
Jimmy Scott is a quiet, modest man who has accomplished much and given back to his community even more. Scott was born
and raised on a cotton farm in the Winter Hill community near Douglass along with his 11 brothers and sisters. He graduated
from the C.L. Simon High School in Cushing, married his high school sweetheart Willie and moved to Dallas to begin his career
with General Motors.
Although he lived and worked in Dallas, many of the neighbors in Winter
Hill thought he still lived there because he came back so often to help out on the family farm.
After retiring from GM, Scott moved back to Nacogdoches in 1995 to raise cows. In 2000, he bought another 100 acre tract
and started planting trees.
Scott hired his cousin to ride in the tree planter, and Scott
drove the tractor. Together, they planted about 40,000 loblolly pine seedlings.
tree farm is a showpiece that is often used as an example of how tree farming should be done. He has personally conducted
a number of tours for other landowners and tree farmers. The most recent was a workshop hosted by Prairie View A&M for
minority landowners in which Scott led the tour.
Scott can often be found on his tree farm
clearing fence lines, maintaining fire breaks or improving his road system. He modestly said, "I like it to look nice."
Scott is a member of the Douglass Fire Board, the Angelina/Nacogdoches Counties Forest Landowners
Association Board of Directors, the Deacon Board at Scott Temple Church of Christ, and the Texas Small Farmer and Ranchers/CBO
Board of Directors.
Scott is a Certified Tree Farmer through the American Tree Farm
System and a Certified Forest Steward through Texas A&M Forest Service.