As Tropical Depression Harvey approaches the Texas Gulf Coast, Forest Supervisor Eddie Taylor is closing the Sam Houston National Forest, including all campgrounds, trails and boat ramps.
“With potentially high winds, possible tornados and heavy rainfall, the forest is not a safe place to be,” Taylor said. “The Sam Houston National Forest will remain closed until the storm has passed and our personnel have determined the roads and recreation areas are safe for public use.”
Taylor emphasized that national forest lands and campgrounds cannot serve as evacuation sites for evacuees. “We’ve witnessed the destruction of high winds and heavy rainfall in recent years, and it is better to err on the side of caution than to place even one person in jeopardy,” he said.
Reservations through www.recreation.gov will be suspended through next week.