The Big Thicket: An Ecological Reevaluation

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University of North Texas Press, 1993 - Nature - 229 pages
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When a bill creating the Big Thicket National Preserve was signed into law, it climaxed more than half a century of environmental debate, planning and destruction. The preserve opened new vistas for recreation.

In this revised and updated version, Gunter not only describes the history and rich diversity of the region saved from the bulldozers of real estate developers and lumber companies, but also the dimensions of the new Big Thicket Preserve. He makes it possible to plan a trip there by including descriptions of each stream corridor unit, maps and canoeing conditions, hiking trails, and camping facilities. He lists representative flora and fauna.

The book provides a background—both historical and biological—which will make clear just what the visitor to the Big Thicket is seeing; why it has mattered, and why it will continue to matter.
 

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Contents

Out of the Past
1
Mapping a Cornucopia
13
Lance Rosier
53
Conservation and Anticonservation
67
Getting There
85
The Big Thicket Now A Users Guide
111
Driving and Primitive Hiking
115
Loblolly Unit
121
Beaver Slide Trail
137
The Horse Trail
139
The Woodlands Trail
141
The Beech Woods Trail
143
Canoe Trips Medium and Long
147
Village Creek
157
Roy E Larsen Sandyland Sanctuary
159
Village Creek State Park
162

The Confluence Trail Walk
122
The Swimming Hole
123
A FifteenMile Trail
124
Kirby Nature and Sandhill Trails
128
The Pitcher Plant Trail
133
The Sundew Trail
135
Pine Island Bayou
164
Future Green A Rescue of Hope
167
Appendix
193
Bibliography
217
Index
223
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About the author (1993)

Pete A. Y. Gunter, Regents Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Texas, is a past president of the Big Thicket Association and has spent much of his time in conservationist activities concerning the Big Thicket. He is the author of numerous articles and books, both fiction and nonfiction.

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