Sunday, October 9, 2011

Remarkable September

The month of September will be an unforgettable one for us.  After several years of drought and over 100 days of triple digit days, what has become known as the worst and most devastating fire in Texas history struck Bastrop County.  34000 acres and 1600 homes were burned and destroyed.  The toll on livestock and wildlife is enormous.  The environment will not recover for some 40 years according to experts.  The Lost Pines are truly lost.

Therefore, it is incumbent upon us to attend as faithfully and diligently as we can to the area.  Campaigns are beginning to formulate ecologically sound restoration of the area.  The burned area included Bastrop State Park.  95% of the park was damaged or destroyed.  The good news is that the CCC built buildings were saved.  Some 100 acres were kept free of fire.  Still efforts to replant are necessary, require thoughtful planning and execution, and must guard against harmful invasive species. 

Landowners in and around the area are also asking what might be done in good stewardship of their own property.  Many of us have much to learn in hopes that our children and our grandchildren will be able to enjoy the land and the environs once again.

Personally, I look to the future with hope.  To all, I say, “The Sun Also Rises”.

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At October 12, 2011 at 2:15 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like your blog and photos. The effects of the drought and fires are really mind boggling. We have been having a real feeding frenzy of humming birds at our feeders in a semi-urban area, more than we have ever seen before. (Photos @ ) I wonder if this is a result of the drought.

At October 13, 2011 at 11:44 AM , Blogger Roy C. Smallwood 3rd. said...

Thanks for the compliment. I have good friends whose photographic skill far exceed mine. Sometimes I'll use my photos but I mostly rely on their expertise.

The drought and now the fire may well be responsible for the birds passing us by to visit your feeders further south.

Good luck and happy birding.


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