The Big Thicket (Paperback)

An Ecological Reevaluation

By Pete A. Y. Gunter, Bob Armstrong (Foreword by), Roy Hamric (By (photographer))

University of North Texas Press, 9780929398525, 243pp.

Publication Date: July 1, 1993

List Price: 18.95*
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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.

About the Author

Pete A. Y. Gunter, Regents Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Texas, is a past president of the Big Thicket Association and has spent much of his time in conservationist activities concerning the Big Thicket. He is the author of numerous articles and books, both fiction and nonfiction.