Despite decades of timber harvest and development, the bottomland hardwood forests of the riverine systems of Texas make up the largest remnant expanse of forest on the Gulf Coast. However, these ecosystems and the benefits that they provide to us all are now under threat of fragmentation from development due to urban expansion.
These ecosystems provide vital stopover sites for migrating neotropical songbirds. The bottomland forests are also home to many other types of animals including deer, owls, frogs, snakes, and more.
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