Boy Scouts recruit help to restore burned park

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Associated Press

Posted on January 25, 2013 at 6:24 PM

Updated Saturday, Jan 26 at 11:04 AM

BASTROP, Texas (AP) — The Boy Scouts of America are recruiting volunteers to help reforest a popular Central Texas campground devastated by 2011 wildfires.

The Texas A&M Forest Service says nearly half of the 5,000-acre Griffith League Scout Ranch was left charred by wildfires that destroyed a total of 32,400 acres of timber and 1,660 homes.

The Scouts and the Forest Service are working together to plant about 300,000 drought-resistant Loblolly pine seedlings over the next two years, with the first 50,000 plantings expected this year.

The ranch is about 7 miles northeast of Bastrop and 7 miles north of Bastrop State Park. The wildfires that began on Labor Day 2011 destroyed about 96 percent of the park, including most of the park's signature "Lost Pines."

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