300 Meyerland Plaza Mall, Houston, TX
On Saturday, July 22, 2017, the Houston Sierra Club will visit blackland prairies in Sam Houston National Forest (SHNF). The U.S. Forest Service manages these prairies using prescribed burning and other management tools.
Bring your day-pack, hat, three quarts of water, bug repellent, snacks, binoculars, hiking shoes, camera, and field guides. Long pants are highly recommended due to briars and chiggers and a short-sleeved T-shirt. It will be warm so dress cool. Bring enough money for lunch at a local restaurant. This outing will be limited to 25 people. No pets, firearms, or radios.
We will meet to carpool/caravan at 7:30 am in the parking lot just west of the Starbucks (look for Becks Prime) in Meyerland Plaza. Starbucks fronts the 4700 block of Beechnut (near the West Loop South). Look for a silver Honda Civic with lots of bumper stickers.
For those who meet us at the SHNF District Ranger Office at 9 am, the directions are as follows:
1) Drive from Houston about 55 miles north on Interstate 45 (I-45), past The Woodlands, Conroe, and Willis, and exit at the New Waverly exit (FM 1375/SH 150/FM 1374).
2) Go through a rotary (round-about), head west across I-45, go through a second rotary, and then continue west on FM 1375.
3) Go west about 2 miles on FM 1375 and on your right you will see a sign for the SHNF District Ranger Office, a driveway, and a parking lot. Turn right into the driveway, park in the parking lot, and walk to the front of the District Ranger Office where we will meet.