Davy Crockett National Forest
|Davy Crockett National Forest|
IUCN category VI (protected area with sustainable use of natural resources)
|Location||Houston County and Trinity County, Texas, USA|
|Nearest city||Lufkin, TX|
|Area||160,647 acres (650.12 km2)|
|Established||October 13, 1936|
|Governing body||U.S. Forest Service|
|Website||Davy Crockett National Forest|
Davy Crockett National Forest is off U.S. Highway 69 lying west of Lufkin, Texas and east of Crockett. It is administered by the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service local headquarters in Lufkin. There are local ranger district offices located in Ratcliff.
The forest, part of the Piney Woods ecoregion, covers a total of 160,647 acres (251.0 sq mi; 650.1 km2) in two counties - Houston 94,481 acres (147.6 sq mi; 382.4 km2) and Trinity 67,361 acres (105.3 sq mi; 272.6 km2).
Davy Crockett National Forest, which is bordered on the northeast by the Neches River, includes the 45-acre (180,000 m2) Ratcliff Lake. The area is pine-hardwood woodlands with flat to gently rolling terrain.
The national forest is managed on a multiple-use philosophy and are used for lumbering, grazing, oil production, hunting, and recreation. In fiscal year 1994, 93.8 million board feet of timber was harvested from the national forests in Texas, providing 2,098 jobs and $73,108,000 in income to the surrounding Texas communities. In addition, Texas ranchers with special permits could graze their cattle in the national forests. At the Davy Crockett National Forest, 386 head of cattle grazed in fiscal year 1994.
Recreational facilities within the national forest at the Ratcliff Lake Recreation Area include a bathhouse, camping, picnicking and swimming areas, boat ramps, and hiking trails. The Big Slough Wilderness also lies within the forest.