In the dark night of May 23, 2015, a 40 foot wall of water rushed down the Blanco River. It swept away lives and homes, unrooted and smashed precious 500 year old cypress trees. The force of the waters scoured the banks of soil, trees, and wildlife. In time nature will reforest the area, but without our cooperation it will take much longer.
In September of 2015 Hays County asked TreeFolks to develop a reforestation plan for planting trees along the devastated section of the Blanco River. TreeFolks, working with Hays County, private landowners, and other stakeholders, developed the Blanco River Reforestation Project to accelerate the recovery of the riverside forest. Under this plan, all owners of private land damaged by the historic flood along the Blanco River in Hays County are eligible to receive free reforestation services.
Trees, shrubs, and grasses along the riverbank help filter pollutants, slow flooding, shade the river, and provide habitat for the wildlife of Central Texas. Ecological restoration takes time and this project will continue over several years. TreeFolks’ priority will be to serve landowners in a fair and equitable manner.
Who is eligible?
All owners of private land damaged by the historic flood along the Blanco River in Hays County are eligible to receive free reforestation services. While landowners are encouraged to seek restoration resources that are right for them, contacting TreeFolks is the first step to participating in the cost-free Blanco River Reforestation Project. While they are waiting to receive their free reforestation services, landowners are encouraged to begin planting trees and seedlings.
To participate, landowners will need to submit an application to TreeFolks. Click here to complete the application online. You can also reach the Blanco River Reforestation Project Coordinator, Ina Alexatos by calling 512-443-5323 or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or need help completing the application.