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Texas A&M University students, who are part of Aggie Replant, will converge
at the state park for a third year, with the goal of planting 15,000 Bastrop
“It is very exciting for us to partner
in this recovery effort in Bastrop. It's an amazing feeling to know that our
actions are making an impact that will continue to have lasting effects in the
forest for generations to come,” Aggie Replant Director Olivia Olvera said. “We
are leaving a positive legacy there, and that is what Aggie Replant is all
a student-led organization, strives to improve communities,
bring students together through tradition and provide an avenue for
environmental service in action.
students are excited to plant thousands of loblolly pine tree saplings,” Olvera
said. “They know that they can look back on this experience in 20 to 50
years with their children and grandchildren and say that they were a part of
this incredible regrowth campaign.”
students will partner with Texas A&M Forest Service, Texas Parks and
Wildlife and the Arbor Day Foundation as part of a larger effort, the Bastrop Lost
Pines Recovery Campaign—a group of local, state and federal agencies led by
five-year campaign is on track to plant 4 million trees by 2017. Since the
campaign’s inception in 2013, Aggie Replant has helped plant over 21,000
seedlings at the state park.
incredibly gratified to have witnessed the level of pride, resourcefulness and
hard work that this community and its program partners have put forth to make
this forest recovery a reality,” Jim Rooni, TFS chief regional forester
said. “Our agency is honored to be associated with such an extraordinary
Texas continues to experience drought conditions, recent rains and cooler
weather across the state show promise for the seedlings’ survival. With the
current survival rate of planted seedlings holding at 50 percent, volunteers
will focus their efforts on planting in the same location as those seedlings
that did not survive from last year.
Replant event takes
place this weekend Feb. 28 – March 1, 2014. Student buses are expected to
arrive at the park around 10 a.m. each planting day.
Note: Media are
invited to attend the event. Photo
and interview opportunities are available throughout the day. Those wishing
to access the planting areas are advised that field-working conditions apply to
all visitors, including media. Long pants and sturdy hard-toe shoes are
required. Hard hats are provided on site.
Chief Regional Forester
Jackson, Communications Specialist
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