Our Staff & Offices
The Preserve is located in Southeast Texas north of the City of Beaumont. The Preserve staff manages public land in seven of the nine counties of this region of the State. There are five divisions, cooperators if you will, that focus on specific elements of Preserve management to make your visit enjoyable. Combined, all employees are working to pledge that:
Administration Division oversees all internal personnel matters, provides for purchasing and contracting, the Preserve budget, manages correspondence, and all Information Technology.
Maintenance Division oversees all facility construction and repair work, administers service contracts, designs and constructs new facilities, provides for consumable water testing, and responds to emergency repairs as needed.
Resources Management Division oversees all issues regarding natural and cultural resources, conducts research or administers contracts to conduct research, oversees the Oil and Gas management program, works with cooperators and researchers, and manages the Preserve Fire Program.
Resources and Visitor Protection Division oversees all levels of visitor protection and Law Enforcement, conduct Search and Rescue operations, assists Resources Management with resource protection, and oversees the Preserve-wide Safety Program.
Interpretation and Education Division oversees all visitor use operations including the visitor center operation, manages the Educational Program, provides naturalist walks and field trips, participates in community events and festivals, produces all in-house publications, and maintains news media contacts.
Preserve Significance - The Preserve contains remnants of a diverse ecological system and provides habitat for several threatened and endangered species. The Preserve provides protected publicly managed lands for public recreation and research on the evolution of natural ecosystems. The Preserve is located close to an urban/industrial area and facilitates educational programming to a broad audience regarding the interaction of humans with their environment.
Mission Statement - Big Thicket National Preserve, an area in Southeast Texas known for extensive biological diversity, is dedicated to protect, interpret, restore, and preserve those resources; while providing for research, public enjoyment, and closely managed consumptive activities authorized by Congress.
Did You Know?
Big Thicket's Kirby Nature Trail was named after the famous timber tycoon, John Henry Kirby, who had set aside this area for employee hunting and recreation almost 100 years ago.