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State Park Going Strong

Written by , published September 4, 2014

altOn Sept. 4, 2011, the October issue of Texas Highways was just reaching subscribers. The cover story was a tribute to the beauty of Bastrop State Park. Sadly, that very day, the park and surrounding areas suffered great damage as a wildfire swept through, affecting 96 percent of the park. Fortunately, it has been making great strides toward recovery.

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We could not have predicted such a horrific thing, but we were glad to have captured its beauty when we did. That issue celebrating the park turned out to be somewhat of a tribute to an ailing friend.

The fires were visible from space, according to Texas Highways reader and astronaut Mike Fossum, who said "The view from the space station of the fires across the state was difficult to comprehend, but the Bastrop Fire was absolutely sickening because I have a long personal connection with the area."

Many other readers shared their thoughts, too.

As you drive by, the effects can still be seen. But the great news is that historic cabins and most facilities were saved. Furthermore, great efforts have long been underway to continue to bring the majestic park to its full glory, and campers, picnickers and more have continued to enjoy its offerings.

Although the park is functioning successfully, there is still work to be done and the Friends of Lost Pines State Parks offers many volunteer opportunities.

A group of tourism professionsals, including Texas Highways staffers, joined Friends of Texas in digging up and repotting loblolly pine seedlings that will be used to later repopulate areas of the park that suffered the most damage.

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