Storm Aftermath: US Forests Remain Closed

News Release:

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.

Damage assessments to endangered species such as the red-cockaded woodpecker are also being made.  The National Forests and Grasslands in Texas cover 675,807 acres of public land in east and northeast Texas.