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Group of Aggies to replant 30,000 trees in Bastrop

Friday, February 15, 2013 - 5:26pm

The devastating Bastrop Wildfire destroyed more than 4 million Lost Pines and nearly 1,700 homes.

Piles of rubble where houses used to stand and bare trees were all that was left once the flames were put out, making the Bastrop County Complex Wildfire the worst in Texas history.

"That is a year and a half ago so I think now our focus has to be what are we going to do next?" said Pete Smith, Urban Forestry program manager for the Texas A&M Forest Service. 

The devastation still remains today as the community tries to rebuild and recover so Aggie Replant and a group of more than 800 student volunteers plan on helping out in a big way.

"I knew Aggies would definitely want to step up to that selfless service," said coordinator for the Lost Pines Campaign project, Andrea Fonseca. "That's who we are and that's what we do."

Over the course of the next two weekends Aggies will travel to Bastrop State Park and plant 30,000 Lost Pine seedlings to help with the recovery process.

"It's an inspiring feeling to have that soil between your fingers," Fonseca said. "Knowing that you're going to help out as many people with just that one tree or couple of trees."

A simple gesture to show that someone still cares a year and a half later.

Smith said, "The act of planting a tree following a disaster is a sign of rebuilding and coming home."

Giving those affected a chance at a new beginning.

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