National Wildlife Refuge
County Road 306
Brazoria, TX 77422
Phone Number: 979-964-4011 (Complex Headquarters)
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|This live oak tree found at San Bernard NWR is the largest recorded live oak in Texas.|
Continued . . . A century ago, over 1,000 square miles of bottomland hardwood forest stretched from the Gulf, inland along the Brazos, San Bernard, and Colorado Rivers. Early settlers called the floodplain woods "canebrake forests". Today, the forests - known as Austin's Woods, cover about 250 square miles and continue to vanish under land development pressures. There remains less than 10 percent of this "canebrake forest". Fortunately, the Austin's Woods Conservation Partnership is protecting and restoring tracts of remaining forest. Each year additional tracts are added to the San Bernard NWR to protect old growth trees, endemic plants, undisturbed forest, and freshwater wetlands.
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