For the second year in a row, a group of Texas A&M University students will spend two weekends – Feb. 1-2 and Feb. 8-9 – planting trees in the fire-ravaged area of Bastrop State Park. The volunteer effort will once again be led by Aggie Replant, a student environmental organization, with the aid of the Texas A&M Forest Service. The effort to restore trees to the area devastated by fire on Labor Day weekend in 2011 has brought help from volunteers from across the state. The volunteer work is part of the five-year public-private wildfire recovery partnership to plant more than 4 million trees on public and private land in Bastrop County.
Last year Aggie Replant was the first student-led university organization to participate in this campaign. Student leaders with the organization say just as in last year’s event, 600 Aggies will come together once again for selfless service, leadership and respect for the environment to plant 10,000 seedling trees.
“This is our second year to help with the Lost Pines Recovery Campaign effort,” says Katharina Moeller ’16, Aggie Replant director. “We are so excited to continue this tradition. The Texas A&M Forest Service has been very helpful and is doing a great job in helping to facilitate this effort.”
On each of the four days planned for the project, Moeller says three buses will leave Texas A&M at 8 a.m. and drive to Bastrop. The students will work planting trees and then return by bus at 4 p.m.
“The Lost Pines Recovery Campaign is something that Replant is so proud to participate in and plan. We have spent countless hours preparing for this project and cannot wait to see the results. The interest in the project from the students was outstanding and the help we received in marketing the project was phenomenal,” adds Moeller.
Interested in helping? Visit http://bastroprecovery.org/