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Hurricane Ike Recovery IMT Demobilizes

Big Thicket National Preserve

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The Type 4 IMT (Dave McHugh, IC) that has been managing the hurricane recovery operation has completed its work and demobilized. All trails, roads, and day use areas within the park have now been cleared of high hazard trees.  Trails are open to the public, with the exception of the Kirby Nature Trail, which will require boardwalk repair. The IMT’s safety officer has asked that a physical barrier be installed to direct hikers onto a bypass section of the Kirby Nature Trail created to avoid hazard trees too dangerous to saw. The opening of the Pine Island Bayou is contingent upon EPA water quality testing of sheen. Some clearing remains to be done. All crews and equipment have been released to their home units and management of hurricane recovery has been returned to the park.



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