Angelina National Forest and Sam Rayburn Reservoir

Zavalla, Texas

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Vast park-like areas of longleaf pine once grew in the part of eastern Texas called the Piney Woods, but after decades of logging very little of this natural environment remains. The huge pines, which had stood for centuries, were just too valuable to survive once the American frontier moved west and timber companies moved in. Four national forests— Sabine, Angelina, Sam Houston, and Davy Crockett— cover more than 660,000 acres of pine-hardwood forest in this region today. Like many national forests, they serve in large part as tree farms for timber and pulpwood. Here and there, though, designated areas are managed to protect and restore longleaf habitat and to benefit endangered species.

Angelina National Forest and Sam Rayburn Reservoir Professional Review and Guide

"Vast park-like areas of longleaf pine once grew in the part of eastern Texas called the Piney Woods, but after decades of logging very little of this natural environment remains. The huge pines, which had stood for centuries, were just too valuable to survive once the American frontier moved west and timber companies moved in.

Four national forests— Sabine, Angelina, Sam Houston, and Davy Crockett— cover more than 660,000 acres of pine-hardwood forest in this region today. Like many national forests, they serve in large part as tree farms for timber and pulpwood. Here and there, though, designated areas are managed to protect and restore longleaf habitat and to benefit endangered species."

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Zavalla
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Year-round; best in spring, fall also good
Local Contacts: National Forests in Texas; Sam Rayburn Reservoir
Driving Directions: Directions to Angelina National Forest and Sam Rayburn Reservoir

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May 2018