Big Thicket National Preserve and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service of Hardin County would like to invite interested landowners and the general public from the Big Thicket area to learn more about Feral Hogs, in a one-day workshop.

This free public program will be held on Wednesday, August 5, from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm at the Big Thicket National Preserve Visitor Center, located at 6102 FM 420, Kountze, TX 77625. This free program will provide a brief overview of feral hogs both as a pest and as a recreational hunting opportunity, feral hog hunting options on private vs. federal lands, and will discuss hog control methods including a look at some trapping options.  Lunch will be either on your own, or for approximately $7.00 orders will be taken at sign-up for a local sandwich shop six inch sandwich, bag of chips, and 20 oz bottled drink.

Due to a limited seating capacity at our visitor center, pre-registration is required.   You may register by phone or e-mail. To register by phone, please call the Big Thicket National Preserve Visitor Center at 409-951-6700. To register by e-mail, please send an e-mail to Herbert_Young_Jr@nps.gov, with a subject line of:  Registration – Hog Meeting,  include your name, number in your group attending, and the total number of individuals interested in ordering lunch for $7.00 per person.   The deadline to register for the free event is Friday, July 31, by 5:00 pm, though later registrations will be considered.

Big Thicket National Preserve is located in southeast Texas near the city of Beaumont and 75 miles northeast of Houston. The preserve consists of nine land units and six water corridors encompassing more than 112,000 acres. The Big Thicket, often referred to as a “biological crossroads,” is a transition zone between four distinct vegetation types – the moist eastern hardwood forest, the southwestern desert, the southeastern swamp, and the central prairies. Species from all of these different vegetation types come together in the thicket, exhibiting a variety of vegetation and wildlife that has received national interest. Feral hogs are a very real threat to these native plant communities and to many of the smaller wildlife species that inhabit the Big Thicket. The goal of this workshop is to inform local landowners of recreational opportunities for harvesting feral hogs, which in turn, reduces their numbers and impacts on both private and public lands. Additional details, including the program agenda can be found on the Big Thicket National Preserve website at www.nps.gov/bith/learn/news/newsreleases.htm

For general information about Big Thicket National Preserve, visit www.nps.gov/bith or call the preserve visitor center at 409-951-6700.

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