February 6, 2003

Forest Service lead agency for shuttle recovery

Eagle Staff Report

The Texas Forest Service, a member of the Texas A&M University System, has been designated as a lead state agency for recovering remains of space shuttle Columbia, officials said Wednesday.

Gov. Rick Perry made the forest service the point of contact for the Federal Emergency Management Agency during recovery efforts in East Texas.

The forest service has provided 130 employees for the recovery who are serving primarily in planning section functions, officials said. They are mapping out the debris field and helping to collect and identify pieces of the shuttle.

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