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Volunteers plant seedlings to help wildfire recovery

More than two years after a wildfire burned 34,000 acres of the famed Lost Pines forest in Central Texas, Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative employees lent a hand and some shovels to the recovery. About 80 co-op employees and their families planted more than 5,000 loblolly pine seedlings on 15 acres at the co-op’s Bastrop headquarters in January, replacing trees lost in the Bastrop County Complex fire, which started over Labor Day weekend in 2011. The seedlings were provided by TreeFolks, an Austin-based urban forestry charity.