The Big Thicket Association

... a Friend of the the Big Thicket National Preserve

The Big Thicket, and the Big Thicket National Preserve

The Big Thicket is a region of southeast Texas northeast of Houston, in the area north of Beaumont drained by the Neches, Sabine, and Trinity Rivers and their tributaries. The Big Thicket National Preserve (BTNP) holds significant acreage within this region. The preserve is designated by UNESCO as an International Biosphere Reserve, thus recognizing the incomparable and unique diversity of species and wildlife habitats.

55th Anniversary of the Big Thicket Association

The Big Thicket Association (BTA) is committed to expanding, enhancing and protecting the Big Thicket National Preserve, in order to assure the preservation, conservation and protection of the natural, scenic and recreational values of a significant portion of the Big Thicket region of southeast Texas.

The Big Thicket Association operates the "Ivory Bill", a covered excursion boat on the Neches River for school field trips, social events and Nature classes. The boat operates on the open river, and is capable of navigating the shallows of cypress-lined backwater channels.

Neches River Adventures

The Thicket of Diversity project is dedicated to biological field research in the Big Thicket National Preserve, coordinating activities of field biologists doing species inventory and research projects.

Thicket of Diversity

The 2020 Neches River Rally has been scheduled for Saturday September 12, 2020

Neches River Rally

Established in 1999, the Big Thicket Natural Heritage Trust has worked to "Save the Big Thicket" piece by piece. To date, the small non-profit has raised over $100,000 and acquired over 241 acres. The lands become donations to the Big Thicket National Preserve of the National Park Service.

Big Thicket Natural Heritage Trust

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