A popular campground in Bastrop that was devastated by the Labor Day wildfires in 2011 will be reforested with the help of Boy Scouts. Almost half of the 5,000-acre Griffith League Scout Ranch was destroyed by flames.
The Scouts will team up with the Texas A&M Forest Service to plant about 300,000 loblolly pine seedlings over the next two years.
“When you take a look at the community as a whole, the Boy Scout Ranch has been there for a long time," said Texas A&M Forest Service Central Texas operations chief Jim Rooni in a statement. "It’s a part of the community. Generations of families have had children go through there."
Rooni says the ranch was the second-largest tract of land destroyed by the Bastrop wildfire.
Check out our oral history of the 2011 Bastrop wildfires for a vivid portrait of the tragedy.