The four National Forests in Texas remain closed to the public as damage from Hurricane Ike is assessed, according to Forest Supervisor Fred Salinas.
"The Angelina, Sabine, Davy Crockett and Sam Houston National Forests sustained hurricane force winds from Ike and chainsaw crews are working to remove downed trees and limbs from roads and campgrounds," Salinas said. "Many employees are without power, and indications are that the Sam Houston and Davy Crockett Ranger District Offices and employees may be without power for 2 to 4 weeks," Salinas said.
"To improve communications and continue damage assessments, our greatest immediate need is to power up our offices and radio towers."
In addition, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has suspended all public hunting activities by Annual Public Hunting Permit until further notice on Moore Plantation Wildlife Management Unit (WMA), Bannister WMA, Sam Houston National Forest WMA and Alabama Creek WMA.