TreeFolks will give away native loblolly pine seedlings and hardwood trees to Bastrop County residents, at Mayfest Park in Bastrop, Texas on Saturday, February 7, 2015 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. The trees will be given away on a first come, first served basis. Each resident is eligible to receive approximately
20 loblolly pine seedlings and 5 hardwood trees. 40 loblolly pine seedlings and 2 hardwood trees. Event parking will be in designated areas off of American Legion Drive.
According to the Texas A&M Forest Service, approximately 10% of Texas’ tree canopy has been devastated by the ongoing drought and the 2011 wildfires. The trees that TreeFolks will give away on February 7th are adapted to Bastrop County soils and will promote recovery of the forest canopy in Bastrop County communities and aid in restoration of the unique Lost Pines ecosystem. For more information about TreeFolks’ Bastrop County Community Reforestation Program, please visit treefolkstest.wpengine.com/reforestation/.
“We’re only able to provide tree planting services for around 150 properties each year through our reforestation program, but at last year’s giveaway event, we distributed 15,700 trees to 450 landowners in around 90 minutes. So, these giveaway events make a big impact on the restoration of the Lost Pines by giving away thousands of trees in a short amount of time. It’s a good way for people to get free trees that they can plant on their own without having to wait on us to come do it for them.”
— Carly Blankenship, TreeFolks Assistant Director
This is the third tree giveaway in Bastrop County since TreeFolks began the Bastrop County Community Reforestation Program (BCCRP) in 2012. BCCRP is a five year campaign to plant over two million loblolly pine trees on private lands within the burn scar of the 2011 Bastrop County Complex Fire. The trees are provided completely free of charge thanks to generous support from the Arbor Day Foundation, American Forests, Alcoa Foundation, Bastrop County, and the Texas A&M Forest Service.