To say the state of Texas was on fire less than a year ago is hardly hyperbole when you consider the millions of acres and thousands of wildfires that ravaged our state. Perhaps hardest hit of all were some of Texas’ state parks, including Bastrop State Park.
Last year’s Labor Day wildfires in Central Texas burned 96 percent of the 6,500 acre park that many Texas families have enjoyed for generations. That physical devastation is compounded by a $4.6 million dollar hole in the state park system’s budget that resulted in an unprecedented public appeal for financial support.
Here’s one simple way you can help and show your support for Bastrop State Park.
Vote now and vote often in Coca-Cola’s national “America is Your Park” promotion.
Cast your vote online (and do so often, as many times as you like), connect on Facebook, and if you use Foursquare, be sure to check in at Bastrop State Park to earn 100 votes for this Texas Treasure.
By doing so you can help put the park in contention for a $100,000 grant, allowing for continued restoration of this iconic state park and of the greater Lost Pines ecosystem. Funds would be used to expand a contract with American YouthWorks for project work including clearing downed tress, restoring park trails and constructing hand-hewn pine lag bridges.
But hurry, the deadline for this America is Your Park contest ends July 15, 2012.
Let’s show our support for the parks and open spaces that make the Lone Star State great.
Texas League of Conservation Voters – Educational Fund