Big Thicket survey
A survey stake marks a point where a small seismic charge will be set near the Kirby Nature Trail at the Big Thicket preserve in Kountze on Thursday, August 10, 2006. Although the park service has control of the area's surface, others own mineral rights under the property.
Photos by Mark M. Hancock / © The Beaumont Enterprise
Big Thicket Association board member Maxine Johnston (left) talks with biologist Haigler "Dusty" Pate, who is an oil and gas program manager for the National Park Service, (right) at the Kirby Nature Trail at the Big Thicket preserve.
Biologist Haigler "Dusty" Pate shows where a project is being considered at the Kirby Nature Trail at the Big Thicket preserve. Pate must balance conservation of the property against mineral owners' rights to their property.
Biologist Haigler "Dusty" Pate of the National Park Service examines a survey stake near the Kirby Nature Trail at the Big Thicket preserve. Pate ensures the surveyors hired by the mineral rights owners do not destroy the natural habitat as they look for oil and gas in the national park.