Some Aggies to plant trees for wildfires recovery

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Associated Press

Posted on January 31, 2014 at 11:02 AM

BASTROP, Texas (AP) — Hundreds of Texas A&M students have pledged to help plant about 10,000 trees at a state park ravaged by 2011 wildfires.

Members of Aggie Replant will be on hand Saturday and Sunday in Bastrop County, 30 miles east of Austin, for the Lost Pines Forest Recovery Campaign.

Organizers expect up to 800 students at Bastrop State Park in an effort that last year saw about 8,500 seedlings planted. The latest planting will also extend to Feb. 8-9 as part of the five-year recovery program.

September 2011 wildfires claimed 95 percent of the trees, including most of the 6,600-acre park's signature "Lost Pines."

The project is a public and private partnership by the Texas A&M Forest Service, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Arbor Day Foundation.

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Online:

http://texasforestservice.tamu.edu

http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/

http://www.arborday.org/takeaction/community-tree-recovery/campaigns/texas.cfm

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