Sam Houston National Forest

TC
TC

July 16th, 2015, 10:54 am #1

I did do a little truck camping back in the last week of June (Monday pm/Tuesday am) in the Northern portion of Sam Houston National Forest. My intent was really to get an idea of the area and I will tell you it's an amazing National Forest. For any that have listened to SASQUATCH Chronicles they have featured this area. Not much happened other than some strange vocals but all could be somewhat explained. The next morning was spent driving some of the back forest roads and there is enough interest for me to go back. Much of the growth is old so there is little underbrush.
The way that National Forest sell off resources seems better than the old way of strip logging. I believe the gvt. will sell off like 1 of every 4 trees in certain areas now. I'm not sure if it's bidded out to logging companies or how that's done but it seems like a good idea. Shocker...our Govt. doing something that makes sense. Much of that National Forests upkeep has gone down hill since 2008 In the Big Thicket (Gore unit) for instance used to be up kept with trails and bathroom facilities etc. that was basically just abandoned. They really only keep the one 5 mile road to the river cleared of trees. So much of the promises made by this president of money spent on the infrastructure internally was not kept. Oh well good for us as rarely have I seen people back there.
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RubyRed
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September 8th, 2015, 3:04 pm #2

made promises he didn't keep? That explains a lot. I camped out in this national forest in 2001 and had a very scary but interesting night but that's a story for another time.

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Versatile
Versatile

November 23rd, 2015, 2:24 pm #3

I did do a little truck camping back in the last week of June (Monday pm/Tuesday am) in the Northern portion of Sam Houston National Forest. My intent was really to get an idea of the area and I will tell you it's an amazing National Forest. For any that have listened to SASQUATCH Chronicles they have featured this area. Not much happened other than some strange vocals but all could be somewhat explained. The next morning was spent driving some of the back forest roads and there is enough interest for me to go back. Much of the growth is old so there is little underbrush.
The way that National Forest sell off resources seems better than the old way of strip logging. I believe the gvt. will sell off like 1 of every 4 trees in certain areas now. I'm not sure if it's bidded out to logging companies or how that's done but it seems like a good idea. Shocker...our Govt. doing something that makes sense. Much of that National Forests upkeep has gone down hill since 2008 In the Big Thicket (Gore unit) for instance used to be up kept with trails and bathroom facilities etc. that was basically just abandoned. They really only keep the one 5 mile road to the river cleared of trees. So much of the promises made by this president of money spent on the infrastructure internally was not kept. Oh well good for us as rarely have I seen people back there.
I have seen in N.Arkansas areas(applies to other states also) that had a very bad ice storm that left the woods in quite a mess.Hard as heck to try and walk through.Limbs and tree tops and trees down every where. Cattle will hide newborn calves in there and go into these spots in the summer time to avoid the bugs and flies What you see from the road might not be what you get; just a bit farther in. It can go either way . The ice storm created a strip across the woods. Might be miles wide, the whole,county or state even OR just a Very Narrow Strip. Looking across the hills and ridges right after the storms can be seen with the naked eye. Something to make a mental note of while driving through the area in winter or by watching the local news or your favorite weather app. Bring this too mind as you are planning a wander on foot after things have greened up.
This makes me think that were i on a Walk about i would check these areas out as areas of protection for these Haddicks(thanks to Woodswatcher for the term) Protection for anything wild also.
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