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 Plant a Longleaf Pine Centennial Forest at the Big Thicket National Preserve

Plant a Longleaf Pine Centennial Forest at the Big Thicket National Preserve

Who: Houston Sierra Club and Native Plant Society of Texas-Houston Chapter (NPSOT_HOU) will be volunteering for the National Park Service (NPS)

What: Help plant 8,000 Longleaf Pine seedlings in the “Centennial Forest” which will be a part of the 100,000 trees planted in 2016!

When: Saturday, March 12, 2016 – Planting from 9AM – 2PM (break for lunch) and Tour from 2-3PM.Call the Big Thicket Visitor Center 409-951-6700 before 7AM the day of for any postponements due to adverse weather

Where: Planting in the Big Thicket National Preserve (BTNP)

Carpool/caravan with Brandt from Houston at 7:30AM at the Meyerland Plaza Starbucks (4700 block of Beechnut) or see directions to BTNP on backside. Carpoolers will be back by 6PM.

Why: Help the NPS celebrate its 100th anniversary by planting Longleaf Pine seedlings to restore 300 acres.

The Longleaf Pine forest of the Southern United States, from Virginia to Texas, originally covered from 60 to 90 million acres. Today only about 3 million acres (most of which is heavily cut-over or degraded) of Longleaf Pine forest is left. BTNP has about 15,000 to 20,000 acres of potential Longleaf Pine forest habitat. The NPS will restore and maintain this area so that rare species like Texas Trailing Phlox and Louisiana Pine Snake survive and so prairie grasses and wildflowers flourish. Volunteers will be given a tour of the 100 year-old Longleaf Pine “Old Growth” forest so you can see what your efforts will achieve over the next century!

What to bring:

  • A daypack including water bottle and plenty of water, sunscreen, snacks, and lunch
  • Appropriate clothing: long pants, hat, hiking shoes/work boots, and gloves
  • Friends, and children if accompanied by parent
  • No pets, firearms, or radios

How to sign up:

  • Use the Houston Sierra Club Outings Meet-up site (click here) to sign-up for March 12th or
  • Contact Brandt Mannchen at brandtshnfbt@juno.com (Sierra Club) or
  • Contact Ellen Strupp at ellen.strupp@gmail.com (NPSOT_HOU) or
  • Call the Big Thicket Visitor Center 409-951-6700

*Can’t come on March 12th? Check out the BTNP website (click here) for other possible dates.

Directions to BTNP Big Sandy Creek Unit

1) In Houston, get on Interstate (I)-10 and go east.

2) After you cross Cedar Bayou (leaving Harris County and entering Chambers County) take the I-10 Mont Belvieu exit, turn left (north) proceed on State Highway (SH) 146.

3) SH 146 merges with U.S. 90 in Dayton. Go east on SH 146/U.S. 90 through Dayton and into the City of Liberty.

4) In the City of Liberty look for Spur 227 (at the McDonald’s). Turn left onto Spur 227 and go north. Spur 227 will wind through the City of Liberty and connect with SH 146 north.

5) Take SH 146 north to Rye and turn right onto FM 787.

6) Take FM 787 east and turn left onto FM 2798 and go north through Votaw to FM 943.

7) Turn right onto FM 943 and go east through Segno until you come to FM 1276. Turn left and go north on FM 1276.

8) Go north on FM 1276 until you come to Dallardsville/Big Sandy. The staging area will be determined in the near future and put on the Meet-up and Houston Sierra Club sites.

For further assistance or information, please call Brandt at 713-664-5962.