An Austin nonprofit continued the recovery effort in Bastrop County Saturday by planting 420 trees in a public park.
The county partnered with Tree Folks to assist private landowners replenish what burned in the historic blaze.
"It is very satisfying because you look at the pines trees in the background and you know that we are making an effort to have them come back," Dan Pacatte with Tree Folks said. "We have enough trees. The 50,000 trees will plant somewhere between 100-125 acres. We already have applications for six to seven hundred acres."
Due to the hilly, rocky nature of much of the land, the project is expected to take several years.
"This is a really noble and ambitious goal and we are trying to plant about 600,000 plants over the next five years,” Tree Folks Executive Director April Rose said. “We have a lot of work to do."
The recovery process is a long one, but one worth the wait.
"You don't get recovery in one growing season. It takes years of planting and kind of gambling with rain and the elements that affect survival," Rose said.
Tree Folks still needs about 250 volunteers over the next six weeks. See how you can help at