Back in 2011, during Texas’ worst drought on record, Bastrop State Park was nearly destroyed by wildfires caused by 30 mph wind gusts that blew broken tree limbs into power lines. The fires killed two people, destroyed around 1,700 homes, and burned nearly 6,000 acres of the park.
The park was the home to the historic “Lost Pines” as well as the habitat for the endangered Houston Toad. Since then, not only has nature started her recovery process, but the Texas A&M Forest Service, Texas A&M University students, and numerous non-profit groups have planted tens of thousands of seedlings and trees. Homes are being rebuilt and new trees have been planted on home sites as well.
For Arbor Day, TCIA's Outreach Coordinator Margaret Hall-Spencer visited Bastrop State Park and took part in their 124th observation of Arbor Day. The day honored the lost pines of Bastrop State Park and the ongoing restoration effort to bring the park, as well as the Bastrop area in general, back to the beauty of the trees destroyed in the fire.
She also met with the two new Texas A&M Forest Service bloodhounds, Dozer and Tracker, as shown above. These two hounds will be used to investigate for arson and to find missing persons.
Learn more about Margaret here. Are you in the Texas/Louisiana region? Contact Margaret to see what TCIA events she will be coordinating in the coming months.
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