Bastrop State Park After The Wildfires

The loblolly pines of Bastrop still soar. They just do so darkly, with blistered bark and charred needles. To tour the 6,500-acre Bastrop State Park is to see a forest frozen by fire.

All but 100 acres of this popular park—the heart of the 70,000-acre Lost Pines ecosystem of Bastrop and Lee counties—burned during a massive wildfire in September, leaving behind a landscape of black and gray stillness that forestry experts and park officials are puzzling over.

Read more in “Saving the Lost Pines” by Forrest Wilder.

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Jen Reel was an Observer intern before joining the staff in July 2010, first as Web Content Manager, and most recently as Multimedia Editor. She left the Observer in 2017.

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