Fire-ravaged Bastrop State Park and its fabled Lost Pines area got a big boost last weekend on a quest to regain its lost beauty and ecological vitality, thanks to hundreds of Texas A&M University students who came to plant pine seedlings — thousands of them — under the watchful eyes of Texas A&M Forest Service (TFS) and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) personnel.
The student volunteers are being led by Aggie Replant, a Texas A&M environmental organization formed more than two decades ago to replace trees cut down when Aggie Bonfire was still conducted on campus. The recognized student organization has continued its founding mission even though Bonfire is no longer a sanctioned university activity.
At the conclusion of four planting sessions, Aggie Replant leaders estimate the 6,600-acre park located some 30 miles southeast of Austin will have about 30,000 new drought-hardy loblolly pines in its horticultural inventory. The Aggies are planting the seedlings — which are about eight inches tall – along Park Road 1C in what is called the facility’s “historic scenic corridor.”
Aggie Replant is said to be the first student-led university organization to participate in the Bastrop recovery campaign. Texas A&M Forest Service foresters are helping facilitate the Aggie planting events and training the students on proper planting technique, working alongside Bastrop State Park rangers.
This is an excerpt from Aggies Converge on Bastrop State Park to Replace Trees.
You can support Aggie Replant with a gift of an endowment through the Texas A&M Foundation.
Cindy Munson ’99
Director of Development for Student Affairs
(979) 458-1689 or (800) 392-3310