The Big Thicket
“Someone once said that it’s not worth saving these places if we don’t
use and enjoy them. So, if you aren’t in the Thicket, read this book.
Better yet, take this book to the Thicket.” —Bob
“Once a refuge for bandits, the jungly groves and swamps of the Big
Thicket… now are an ecological treasure. In this book, the Big
Thicket’s human and natural history unfold with anecdotal intimacy and
many good stories about crusty backwoodsman. A hefty section on hiking
makes this the premier book on an area famed for orchids and alligators,
turkeys and bears.” —Books of the Southwest
“Anybody going into the Thicket will do well to read this book ahead of
time and pack it with him in his sack lunch.” —F. E.
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.