“Native Trees of the Piney Woods”
We will be discussing the overall makeup of the fascinating, extremely diverse Piney Woods ecoregion,
and take an armchair hike into the woodlands of East Texas to look at some of the more
interesting trees found there.
Rick Travis owns a Bachelors’ Degree in Forest Management and an MBA, both from Stephen F.
Austin State University. With retirement from his business career, Rick is fulfilling a long-
deferred desire for involvement in the environmental sciences. He is an active member of the
Blackland Prairie Master Naturalist Chapter and is currently serving as Chapter President. He is
also a member of the City of Frisco’s Urban Forestry Board, and a volunteer trail guide at
several places, including the Heard Wildlife Sanctuary, the Lewisville Lake Environmental
Learning Area (LLELA), Plano parks and trails, and Frisco parks and nature trails. Rick is also the
Forest Ecology/Trees new class instructor for multiple Master Naturalist chapters in the North