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
"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