January 30, 2014 – COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Approximately 10,000 trees will take root in
Texas soil over the next two weekends in February, helping restore the
wildfire-scarred landscape of Bastrop County.
Aggie Replant - a Texas A&M student organization – will converge
approximately 800-strong on Bastrop State Park for the
second of a five-year recovery program to reforest the county.
Last year, Aggies planted approximately
8,500 seedlings in the park as part of the Lost Pines Forest Recovery Campaign and
are returning this year with a goal of planting 10,000 trees.
park restoration project is facilitated in partnership by Texas A&M Forest
Service, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Arbor Day Foundation. The
effort helps support
work by the broader Lost Pines Recovery Team, a group of local, state and
federal agencies led by Bastrop County.
“I am excited for year two with the Aggies,” said Jamie
Hackett, park superintendent of
the Lost Pines Complex. “This event was
the largest of 22 student and volunteer plantings last year, and we expect it
to be even bigger this year with 10,000 seedlings going in the ground.”
Despite prevalent drought conditions, surveys and
inspections show that the trees planted through volunteer efforts fared well
across the park with a 48% percent survival rate.
“The future looks good for these trees” said Jim Rooni, department head
for TFS Central Texas operations. “Aggie Replant builds upon the entire
project. We have an ambitious goal of planting four million trees throughout
the county in five years. And with the help of these volunteers from Texas
A&M, we are optimistic we’ll reach that goal.”
The Aggie Replant events take place the weekends of February 1-2 and 8-9, 2014. Students buses are expected to
arrive at the park around 10 a.m. each planting day.
Note: 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 clothing.
Hard hats are provided on site.
TFS Central Texas Operations
superintendent, Lost Pines
TFS Communications Office