Big Thicket Plant Ecology
An Introduction, Third Edition
Publication Year: 2006
Published by: University of North Texas Press
Series: Temple Big Thicket Series
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This book is the result of a lifetime spent in Big Thicket country and of close observation and appreciation of its plant and animal life. It is written in a non-technical style for the benefit of the many nonprofessional persons interested in the general nature of the Big Thicket. The description of plant associations given in this work is based ...
Chapter 1 Key to Understanding
Few areas in the United States have inspired such claim and acclaim as the Big Thicket of Southeast Texas; and seldom are such claims so controversial and so contradictory. While the controversies can generally be laid at the feet of those who want to use all its natural resources for personal and corporate profits, contradictions come from reliable, well-intentioned sources as well. Considering the complex ...
Chapter 2 The Ecological Big Thicket
The Ecological Big Thicket occupies a tilted topographical basin in the middle Neches River watershed. It is young in age by geological time. Its surface formations were deposited in the Pleistocene and Holocene epochs of the past few millions of years. There were four major glacial stages during the Pleistocene epoch and, as the great ...
Chapter 3 The National Preserve
The 3.5 million acres of Big Thicket country are laced with roads and dotted with cities, villages, and farms (see map 1). Much of it has been bulldozed to bare dirt and planted with pine farms or has been altered so radically that little is left that could qualify for preservation. Also, the economy of Southeast Texas is wholly dependent on forest products and taking a too-large portion ...
Chapter 4 Man in the Big Thicket
Evidence shows that humans have been in this area for at least ten thousand years, possibly much longer. The aborigines were hunters and gatherers and practiced agriculture. Many habitation sites can be found above flood levels and near good water. ...