Forest land closed for Ike

National Forests closing as Hurricane Ike approaches

As Hurricane Ike approaches the Texas Gulf Coast, Forest Supervisor Fred

Salinas is closing the four national forests in Texas, including all

campgrounds.

"With potentially high winds, possible tornados and heavy rainfall, the

forest is not a safe place to be," Salinas said. "The Angelina, Sabine,

Davy Crockett and Sam Houston National Forests will remain closed until

the storm has passed and our personnel have determined the roads and

recreation areas are safe for public use."

Salinas emphasized that national forest lands and campgrounds in Texas

cannot serve as evacuation sites for hurricane evacuees. "We've

witnessed the destructive nature of hurricanes in recent years, and I

believe it is far better to err on the side of caution than to place

even one person in jeopardy," he said.

The National Forests and Grasslands in Texas cover 675,807 acres of

public land in east and northeast Texas.