After historic floods, Blanco River reforestation program kicks off
Read full article by reporter Taylor Goldenstein with photos by Dave Kearney, Austin American-Statesman online Saturday, November 10, 2016 and in print, Metro State, Page B1 on Sunday, November 11, 2016
WIMBERLEY — Wimberley resident Kassidy Eck has hardly been able to bear returning to the Blanco River after the massive destruction caused by the 2015 Memorial Day weekend flood.
“It just breaks my heart seeing all the trees not being there,” the 21-year-old said.
But on Saturday, she pulled on her black, ankle-high cowboy boots and braved it in the name of healing and rebirth.
Eck and about 50 other volunteers, some from as far as Pflugerville, gathered Saturday at Texas State University Camp to dig into the drought-ravaged river banks and plant new trees.
The event kicked off the Blanco River Reforestation program, an initiative led by environmental nonprofit TreeFolks with the goal of planting about 300,000 seedlings at private properties along the river over the next three to four years. Read full article