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Help Plant 4 Million Trees in Bastrop PDF Print E-mail
Written by Texas Outdoors   
Sunday, 16 September 2012 12:59

Help Plant 4 Million Trees in Bastrop

table holding trays of loblolly pine seedlings

Bastrop State Park is ready for visitors.

And it’s getting ready for some new permanent residents - a couple of million trees. That’s the goal of a five-year replanting effort announced in August to restore the historic Lost Pines Forest as well as help Central Texans in the affected area gain access to native tree species for replanting on private land. Watch this video update on the park and reforestation project.

The Lost Pines Forest Recovery Campaign is a public-private partnership to raise money to plant more than 4 million trees on public and private land. The Arbor Day Foundation will lead forest recovery fundraising, while the state parks and forest agencies will serve as on-the-ground partners in the five-year effort. The foundation has already secured financial commitments from several corporate sponsors, including Mary Kay, Inc., FedEx, Chili’s Grill and Bar, Nokia and Apache Corporation. Read more details in this recent story.

One dollar will buy one loblolly pine tree seedling. Anyone (you) can donate online, as well as find links to volunteer opportunities.

The September 2011 fire destroyed more homes than any other in state history, and it raged through 95 percent of the 6,600-acre Bastrop State Park, as well surrounding private forest lands.

"He who plants a tree plants a hope." - Lucy Larcom