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Boy Scouts to Help Replant Bastrop Trees Destroyed by Fire

Nathan Bernier, KUT News

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. 

Nathan Bernier is the transportation reporter at KUT. He covers the big projects that are reshaping how we get around Austin, like the I-35 overhaul, the airport's rapid growth and the multibillion dollar transit expansion Project Connect. He also focuses on the daily changes that affect how we walk, bike and drive around the city. Got a tip? Email him at nbernier@kut.org. Follow him on Twitter @KUTnathan.
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