Big Thicket National Preserve


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Name Type1 Location Year authorized Size
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Description
Acadia NP SE Maine 1919 48,419 (19,603) Mountain and coast scenery.
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Big Thicket National Preserve:

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National Parks
Name Type1 Location Year authorized Size
acres (hectares)
Description
Acadia NP SE Maine 1919 48,419 (19,603) Mountain and coast scenery.
..... Click the link for more information.
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Big Thicket National Preserve

Address:6044 FM420
Kountze, TX 77625

Phone:409-951-6700
Fax:409-951-6868
Web: www.nps.gov/bith/
Size: 97,246 acres.
Established: Authorized on October 11, 1974. Designated a Biosphere Reserve in 1981. Designated a Globally Important Bird Area by the American Bird Conservancy in 2001.
Location:Preserve comprises 9 land units and 6 water corridors in eastern Texas. To reach information center, enter Beaumont via I-10 and then take US 69-287 north 7 miles past Kountze to FM 420, and then east for 2.5 miles.
Facilities:Picnic area, rest rooms (é), boat ramp, information center (é), backcountry campground, self-guiding tour/trail.
Activities:Hiking, camping, boating, canoeing, swimming, fishing, hunting, bird-watching, wildlife viewing, interpretive programs.
Special Features:Big Thicket was the first Preserve established in the National Park System. A convergence of ecosystems occurred here during the last Ice Age, bringing together, in one geographical location, the eastern hardwood forests, the Gulf coastal plains, and the midwest prairies. A great number of plant and animal species coexist in this "biological crossroads of North America."

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The Conservation Fund has been working to expand Big Thicket National Preserve, permanently protecting the region's rich natural legacy.
The Conservation Fund has helped preserve nearly 137,000 acres in Texas, including 32,000 acres at Big Thicket National Preserve.
Physiochemical condition, fecal bacteria, and macrobenthos of streams in the Turkey Creek Unit of the Big Thicket National Preserve.
Water quality monitoring in the Big Thicket National Preserve.
Kaiser, Julie Swindell, and Rebecca McCulley for their assistance in the field, and David McHugh of the Big Thicket National Preserve and Ike McWhorter of The Nature Conservancy for directing prescribed burning.
Originally written in 1976 (under the title "Assault on a Wilderness"), Saving The Big Thicket: From Exploration To Preservation, 1685-2003 is the environmental saga of a ten-year war between conservationists and timber companies concerning the 84,550 acres of the Texas Big Thicket National Preserve.
And while plants are protected in the southeastern Texas Big Thicket National Preserve, oil and gas drilling are allowed.
The Texas Energy Museum, Big Thicket National Preserve and numerous other exciting attractions surround the hotel.
Boston Harbor Island National Recreation Area is planning its first ATBI, and Big Thicket National Preserve, Mammoth Cave National Park, and Olympic National Park are joining the fray as well.