These 600 acres were acquired in 1929 through donation from John Henry Kirby, a pioneer lumberman. The healthy and productive forest that exists today is the result of public and industrial forest stewardship after heavy logging, devastating wildfires and insect epidemics that were common at the turn of the century.
The primary purpose of this forest is resource education for Texas citizens and visitors. Sound scientific forest management that protects and perpetuates native flora and fauna is practiced. Forest management demonstration areas and sites exist throughout the forest. Special attractions include a small picnic area and the John Henry Kirby Monument.
The I.D. Fairchild State Forest is open year around during daylight hours. For additional information about the forest, visit the Woodville District Office at 478 CR 1040, Woodville, TX 75979 or call (409) 283-3785 during office hours of 8 am to 5 pm, Monday-Friday.