E.O. Siecke State Forest –1,722 Acres
History:Acquired through purchase in 1924 and named for E.O. Siecke, who was the Texas State Forester from 1918-1942. The healthy and productive forest that exists today is a result of public stewardship after heavy logging, devastating wildfires, and insect epidemics that were common at the turn of the century.
Primary Purpose:The primary purpose of this state forest is resource education for all Texas citizens and visitors. Sound scientific forest management that protects and perpetuates native flora and fauna is practiced. The E.O. Siecke State Forest is a working forest owned and administered by the Texas A&M Forest Service.
Educational Opportunities:Forest resource education with demonstrations and nature study. Group resource education tours available by appointment.
Recreational Opportunities:HikingBird WatchingNature StudyHorseback RidingPicnicsWildlife Viewing
Special Attractions:Historic Fire Tower, Oldest Slash Pine Stand, and Trout Creek. Forest management demonstration sites exist throughout this forest.
Open:Year around during daylight hours. Limited Access by vehicle.Office Hours; 8a.m. to 5p.m., M-F. Texas State Forests are Game Sanctuaries with no firearms or hunting permitted.
Information, Maps, and Restrooms:Available at the Kirbyville District Office located at the state forest on FM 82, 4.5 miles SE of Kirbyville. Call (409) 423-2890 for information.