Recreation areas, trails closed for public safety
All recreation areas and trails in the Sam Houston, Davy Crockett, Angelina and Sabine National Forests remain closed as a public safety precaution until the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey passes, according to Forest Supervisor Eddie Taylor.
Taylor emphasized that national forest campgrounds have older trees that are susceptible to falling when soils become saturated.
“With potentially high winds, possible tornados and heavy rainfall, the forest is not a safe place to be,” he said. “The forecast calls for rain through the week which means the ground will be saturated and the threat of falling trees is real. We’ve had experiences with people trapped and even injured in recreation areas when trees have fallen onto campers and tents. Expected heavy rains can cause roads and culverts to wash out and we will not put the public in harm’s way.”
Recreation areas and trails will remain closed until the storm has passed and Forest Service personnel have determined the roads and public areas are safe.
Reservations through www.recreation.gov will be suspended through next week.