Volunteers help replace lost pines at Bastrop State Park

Volunteers help replace lost pines at Bastrop State Park

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It's another sign Bastrop's rising from the ashes from last year's wildfire.

Saturday volunteers planted seedlings for the first time at Bastrop State Park. It's the beginning step in restoring the lost pines severely impacted by the 2011 Labor Day weekend wildfire.

Those fires burned 96 percent of the park, wiping out tens of thousands of pine trees. A total of 550,000 seedlings will be planted in Bastrop over the next few months. And for volunteers, that means getting to be a part of bringing back to life old memories.

 

"It's amaxing to see thousands of Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops running through these parks," said Boy Scout troop leader Kyle Blanscet. "It was a nice thing we did each year and now that it's burned we've missed it so we've come to help plant the seedlings and get the park back"

"Since the fires a little bit over a year ago we've been waiting for this day and put seedlings in the ground and help to restore our lost pines," said Jamie Hackett, Bastrop State Park Superintendent.

 

Bastrop State Park will continue to need help planting the seedlings throughout December and January. There's more information about volunteering at www.arborday.org.

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