In 2011 devastating wildfires destroyed the Lost Pines Forest of Bastrop, Texas. The good news is that recovery is underway, and now you can help bring back the loblolly trees that made the Lost Pines of Texas one of the most unique and beautiful places in the world.
On September 4th, 2011 devastating wildfires raged through Central Texas, scorching the Lost Pines Forest of Bastrop, TX. The fires destroyed over 32,000 acres of land, 96% of Bastrop State Park, and over 1,600 homes making it the single most destructive wildfire in Texas’ history. As those surveyed the damage at their feet, the Arbor Day Foundation pledged to help restore the beauty the majestic loblolly pines brought to this central Texas area.
The Lost Pines Forest Recovery Campaign is a multi-year public-private partnership between the Arbor Day Foundation, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas Forest Service. It is aimed at restoring the pine trees lost in these devastating wildfires. The newly planted loblolly pine trees will serve a critical role in the history and environmental sustainability of the state and region. This effort will replant more than 4 million new loblolly pine trees on public and private lands in Bastrop, Texas. With everyone’s help, the Lost Pines will be restored to be enjoyed by present and future generations.
Planting efforts began in November 2013, as more than 1.2 million loblolly pine trees were planted and distributed to the affected areas. The need in Texas is very great, as more than 2.7 million trees are still needed to restore those lost in the fire. Please visit the Community Tree Recovery donation page to find out how you can help get loblolly pine trees back into the hands of homeowners.