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Saving the Big Thicket: From Exploration to Preservation, 1685-2003

By: James J Cozine

272 pages, 25 illus, 5 maps

Texas A & M University Press

Hardback | Jul 2004 | #150208 | ISBN: 1574411756
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The Big Thicket of East Texas, which at one time covered over two million acres, served as a barrier to civilizations throughout most of historic times. By the late nineteenth century, however, an assault on this wilderness by settlers, railroads, and timber companies began in earnest. By the 1920s, much of the wilderness had been destroyed. Spurred on by the continued destruction of the region, the Big Thicket Association (BTA) organized in 1964 to fight for its preservation. Arguing that the Big Thicket was a unique botanical region, the BTA and their supporters convinced President Gerald Ford to authorize an 84,550-acre Big Thicket National Preserve in 1974. Saving the Big Thicket is a classic account of the region's history and a play-by-play narrative of the prolonged fight for the Big Thicket Preserve.

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James J. Cozine, Jr., received his doctorate from Texas A&M University in 1976. He is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and, since 1983, the director of Educational Talent Search at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Pete A. Y. Gunter is Regents Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Texas and author of The Big Thicket, also published by UNT Press.

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