Big Thicket

Big Thicket is the name of a heavily forested area in Southeast Texas, United States. Several attempts to provide boundaries have been made ranging from only a 10 to 15 mile section of Hardin County to an area encompassing over 29 counties and over 3,350,000 acres. Scientific studies have been performed also, but with varying results. In “… 1936, … Hal B. Parks and Victor L. Cory of the Texas Agriculture Experiment station conducted a biological survey of the Big Thicket region”. Their study, based on geology, resulted in over 3,350,000 acres of Southeast Texas and covering 14 counties from Houston in the west to Orange in the east and Huntsville to Wiergate on the north. Claude McLeod, a botany professor at Sam Houston State University, performed a botanical based study. That study resulted in a region of over 2,000,000 acres. While no exact boundaries exist, the area occupies much of Hardin, Liberty, Tyler, San Jacinto, and Polk Counties and is roughly bounded by the San Jacinto River, Neches River, and Pine Island Bayou. To the north, it blends into the larger Piney Woods terrestrial ecoregion of which it is a part. It has historically been the most dense forest region in what is now Texas, though logging in the 19th and 20th centuries dramatically reduced the forest concentration.
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6 Responses to Big Thicket

  1. grayjohn says:

    I’ve had dementia since I was 12?

  2. Winston Smith says:

    It aint hard to qualify as ‘the most dense forest region’ in Texas, and it aint because of logging.

  3. Rob says:

    We drove thru that area last week, not the Texas I was used to seeing.

  4. Tom in NC says:

    Texas has a lot of diverse regions. I always laugh when people ask how I dealt with tumbleweeds – lived in Dallas! Also get a bit ticked off when movies show buttes and mesas in central Texas. The desert area is only west/southwest Texas – there are Great Plains up where Angel lives, a few huge canyons (Palo Duro, Boquillas, etc.), Piney Woods and coastal plains areas. The Big Thicket is where several of those areas merge together and is a pretty special place.

  5. Frank says:

    The Big Thicket was my backyard growing up. Hunted and fished there extensively over the years. Even saw the Ghost Light in Saratoga (mentioned in the Wiki article). Scared hell out of us!

    What the Wiki doesn’t mention is the number of different insects living in the Big Thicket. That’s because numbers don’t go that high; an educated guess is that probably half the insects there are some type of mosquito. ;-)

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