After an intense few months of organizing and 8 weeks of planting trees this winter, 68,000 loblolly pine seedlings were planted on 104 acres of residential property in Bastrop County affected by the Labor Day wildfires of 2011. This would not have been possible without the Texas Conservation Corps, a program of American YouthWorks who provided 5 weeks of labor, and the 250 Central Texans who volunteered their Saturday mornings to reforest residential property. THANK YOU to those who volunteered their time to come plant trees with us! We are incredibly grateful for the overwhelming support from Bastrop County, its’ residents, and program partners to ensure the first year of tree planting through the Bastrop County Community Reforestation Program was a success.
If you missed helping our Bastrop neighbors this winter or would like to get your hands dirty with us next year, volunteer recruitment will begin this fall. Our goal will dramatically increase to plant over a half million trees next year and we will coordinate at least 20 volunteer events with 1,300 volunteers in Bastrop County!
If you’re itching for a way to chip in now, you can volunteer to plant loblolly seedlings at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. If you come back and volunteer with us in the fall, you could plant the very same trees that you seeded! Now that’s cool! View the PDF linked below for information about how to volunteer.
Help Sow the Seeds of Bastrop’s Future