Angelina National Forest
|Angelina National Forest|
IUCN category VI (protected area with sustainable use of natural resources)
|Nearest city||Lufkin, TX|
|Area||153,180 acres (61,990 ha)|
|Established||October 13, 1936|
|Governing body||U.S. Forest Service|
Angelina National Forest is a United States National Forest, one of four located in Texas. The 153,180-acre (619.9 km2) Angelina National Forest is located in East Texas in parts of San Augustine, Angelina, Jasper and Nacogdoches counties. It is managed together with the three other National Forests in Texas (Davy Crockett, Sabine, and Sam Houston) from Forest Service offices in Lufkin, Texas. There are local district offices located in Zavalla. The forest lies in the Neches River Basin and on the north and south shores of Sam Rayburn Reservoir. Longleaf Pine is the predominant cover type in the southern portion of the forest, while Loblolly and Shortleaf Pine are the dominant species in the northern portion. Hundreds of wildlife species exist in the forest. Principal game in the is deer, squirrel, wild turkey, woodcock, quail, dove and duck. The forest provides wintering habitat for the threatened Bald Eagle. The Red-cockaded Woodpecker, an endangered species, is found throughout the forest.
Humans came to the area around 8,000 years ago. Archeological sites document the evidence of man's presence over the entire period since then.
In 1934, the Texas Legislature approved a resolution to urge federal purchase of land to create National Forests in Texas. In 1935, acquisition began on the Davy Crockett, Sam Houston, Sabine and Angelina National Forests.
- Angelina National Forest USDA Forest Service - National Forests & Grasslands in Texas
- Christopher Long: Angelina National Forest from the Handbook of Texas Online. Retrieved December 23, 2008.
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