Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Forestry (MF)




Stephen F. Austin State University was awarded a contract in August 1971 to select the 1,200 acres best suited for recreation area development on three proposed flood control reservoirs. At that time, there was no central publication which could be used as a guide for such a project. This thesis was written to help correct this situation. The nine factors that were used in initial site selection are soils, topography, access, wind, vegetation, land ownership, distribution of the sites, bridges and open-water and cove locations. Once the sites were selected, they were evaluated and assigned priorities for development according to their access, soils, topography, shoreline, forest vegetation, understory vegetation, aspect, water depth, present land use and intensity of development by the landowner. Case studies of three proposed reservoirs are included.



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