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January 29, 2013

Texas A&M Forest Service partners with Boy Scouts to reforest popular ranch in Bastrop

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BASTROP, Texas —

Scouts and scout leaders already have planted 9,000 of the 50,000 pine seedlings earmarked for the first year of the project. For now, Denison said, they are focusing on key spots around ponds and in riparian areas that are home to the endangered Houston toad.

Volunteers have the opportunity to help plant the remainder of the seedlings on three Saturdays this winter — Jan. 26 and Feb. 9 and 16. Denison said he hopes to get 2,000 to 4,000 trees in the ground on each volunteer work day.

“We’ve got a two-prong project: We want to save the habitat for the Houston toad, but at the same time restore the forest so it will be available for future generations to enjoy Scouting activities,” Denison said. “Any and all help is appreciated getting those pine trees in the ground. We’ve sort of got a blank canvas to restore.”

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