During the December Webster Parish Police Jury meeting, juror Daniel Thomas announced he and Eric Fletcher are the new owners of Lake Erling, thanks in part to International Paper which donated more than 7,000 acres.
"It is the most beautiful place that you have ever been," said Thomas in the WPPJ meeting. "Almost 13 to 14 years ago, the Game and Fish of Arkansas (Commission) started dealing with the process to take the lake over. The game and fish hadn't gotten it done. In January of last year, International Paper asked Arkansas Game and Fish to sign a letter of intent and they didn't sign it. We had talked to International Paper and told them we had a large interest in the property."