• Birder on Village Creek Bridge in Turkey Creek Unit

    Big Thicket

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  • Hunter Registration Begins July 7

    Big Thicket National Preserve staff will begin issuing hunting permits for the 2014-2015 season on July 7, 2014, at the Preserve visitor center. The visitor center is open from 9 am to 5 pm daily. Please call 951-6700 for more information.

History & Culture

A palmetto

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The Big Thicket

In 1936 the regional study, "Biological Survey of the East Texas Big Thicket Area," was completed by H.B. Parks and V.L. Cory. This report played a significant role in the future protection of the Big Thicket. It was the first effort by concerned people to document and begin a protection scheme of this unique landscape. At the time of the report, it was stated that the Big Thicket area was over one million acres in size.

Did You Know?

Lance Rosier

Lance Rosier, a self-taught naturalist from Saratoga, was known as "Mr. Big Thicket." He dedicated his life to the preservation of the Big Thicket.