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  • STATE FORESTS AND ARBORETUMS: MASTERSON STATE FOREST

    Masterson State Forest–558 Acres

    This 558-acre Jasper County forest was acquired through donation from Leonora Masterson in 1985. The primary purpose of the forest is resource education and forestry demonstration for all Texans and visitors. Sound scientific forest management that protects and perpetuates native flora and fauna is practiced. Restoration of the native longleaf pine ecosystem and the development of a longleaf seed production area is a primary focus for management on the Masterson. A portion of the forest has been set aside for progeny tests with the purpose of improving genetics in southern yellow pine.

     

    Educational Opportunities

    Forest resource education programs, including a walking loop with educational stops, are available for local school groups and other civic organizations by appointment only. Restroom facilities are available on site.
    No hunting is allowed on Masterson State Forest except for a weekend youth hunt conducted in cooperation with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

    Recreational Opportunities

    Horseback riding
    Hiking
    Bird watching

    Special Attractions

    Forest management research and demonstration sites.
    Educational loop
    Pond and picnic area
    Longleaf seed orchard

    Open

    The forest is open by reservation only. Group resource education tours are available by appointment. Texas state forests are game sanctuaries with no firearms or hunting permitted.

    Information

    Texas A&M Forest Service
    Kirbyville District Office
    P. O. Box 280
    Kirbyville, TX 75956
    409-423-2890

    Map

    Trail map


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