Woodlands Trail Closure
The Woodlands Trail in the Big Sandy Creek Unit will be closed August 19-29 and September 2-12, 2014, while park staff and an AmeriCorps crew apply herbicide to trifoliate orange, an invasive non-native shrub that has become problematic in that area.
Big Thicket National Preserve Selected as Regional Stamp
Contact: Merrick Moody, 409-951-6830
Eastern National, a cooperating association that supports the national parks, has selected a photo of Big Thicket National Preserve in a photo contest to represent the Southwest Region of the National Park Service (NPS) in their 2014 Passport to Your National Parks stamp series. These stamp sets, which include photos of ten regional winners and a national stamp, will be sold in NPS visitor centers and bookstores nationwide in 2014.
An NPS employee took the photo of 10-Mile Bayou, located in the Beaumont Unit of the preserve. It depicts Spanish moss-draped bald cypress trees lining the bayou, and captures the beauty, stillness, and mystery of the waterways that characterize this area.
This recognition of Big Thicket National Preserve is particularly appropriate at this time, as the preserve will celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2014. This is the first time that the preserve has been featured as a regional stamp in this program. In addition to this recognition, Big Thicket National Preserve has received $500 from Eastern National to support its interpretive program.
Eastern National is a non-profit association that produces and sells educational materials in bookstores in over 150 national park sites. Since its incorporation in 1948, it has donated over $100 million to the NPS to support park projects, particularly educational and interpretive programs.
Did You Know?
America's national bird, the bald eagle, formerly endangered and still rare, is often seen along the Neches and Trinity Rivers in Big Thicket.