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KOUNTZE, Texas – Big Thicket National Preserve is expanding the volunteer longleaf pine planting efforts to ecosystem-wide planting events this winter. Volunteers can join park staff and partners to plant longleaf pine and native grasses in December, January, and February.
“As we expand our restoration efforts of the longleaf pine savannah ecosystem, we move from focusing solely on longleaf pine to planting native grasses to assist with the understory of this important ecosystem at Big Thicket,” said Superintendent Wayne Prokopetz.
The first restoration event is scheduled for Saturday, December 10, and is geared toward youth organizations. Youth of all ages are invited to learn more about the preserve and stewardship with the National Park Service while planting grasses to rejuvenate the understory of the ecosystem. The second event will take place on Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Monday, January 16, 2023, where volunteers will be planting grasses and longleaf pines. The third and final event will take place on Presidents’ Day, February 20, 2023.
Visit volunteer.gov and search “Big Thicket” to sign up for these upcoming events or call the visitor center at 409-951-6700 to register. Once registered, information about the event, including location and paperwork will be sent out to volunteers two weeks before the event.