We are excited to announce that TreeFolks is working with Loomis Partners, Inc., Bastrop County and the Lost Pines Recovery Team to head up a large-scale effort to plant nearly 60,000 native trees this winter on residential property that was badly scorched in the Bastrop County Complex Fire that began on Labor Day in September 2011. We have hired a new full time coordinator, Dan Pacatte, to evaluate and plan reforestation efforts for each qualifying property. TreeFolks will implement the bulk of landowner outreach and communication. American Youth Works – Texas Conservation Corps will perform the bulk of the tree planting during Year 1 of the 5 year project, thanks to funding they received through a grant from the Austin Community Foundation.
TreeFolks is honored for this opportunity to help reforest the beloved Lost Pines and to engage more deeply with the Bastrop County community. We are grateful to the many members of the Lost Pines Recovery Team who have laid the groundwork for this program to restore the Lost Pines, and to the generous support of organizations that will provide funding for the program including – The Arbor Day Foundation, Apache Foundation, H-E-B, Austin Community Foundation, and Bastrop County. For more information about this developing program, please visit TreeFolks’ BCCRP program page and the Lost Pines Recovery Team website, bastroprecovery.org.