Fall is right around the corner, and for
me, this signifies that it is time again for
the Annual Rio Reforestation event.
This year, 2016, marks the 25th year
that the Lower Rio Grande Valley National
Wildlife Refuge has hosted this
Even though it takes a lot of hard work and
planning, this is one of my favorite events and I
look forward to it every year. I know that what
comes as a result of this event is priceless and
makes it worth every bit of effort put forth.
Every year hundreds of volunteers come out
to participate in this event. They come in groups
from schools, universities, scout troops, local
families, churches, environmental organizations
and many others from neighboring communities.
By planting native plants into areas
that often were originally cleared for farming,
business, or residences; these volunteers are
giving back to the land by restoring a natural
habitat for area wildlife.
It is a wonderful event and fun for me to
watch. I enjoy seeing everybody, young and
young at heart, out planting and knowing that
all of their hard work will benefit our local wildlife.
This event can have a healing effect, especially
for the youth who too often seem disconnected
So here's your chance to get out there and get
your hands dirty, feel the earth between your
fingers and enjoy the outdoors with lots of other
folks. There is no better way to get our young
people involved than by giving them a purpose
and a chance to make a difference in the future
of our Valley.
We need 1,000 volunteers to help plant 23
acres with trees and shrubs. If you want to help
us in restoring wildlife habitat; bring a shovel,
old clothes and shoes, sunscreen, a hat and a
willingness to donate some time.
The event is Saturday, October 15th.
From 8 am to 11 am we will be planting in the
fields. Environmental tables are open beginning
at 10:30 am. Hotdogs, chips, drinks, and
cake will be served for lunch starting at 11 am.
For those that come out and help out on our
25th Anniversary there will also be some extra
goodies for you (While supplies last).
You can fill out an online application to participate
by going to:
Click on the link for Rio Reforestation which
is found on the main web page. Scroll down the
page to get registration forms.
You can also register on the day of the event
as well or I can email registration forms to you.
Just send me a request at:
See the directional map to the planting site shown here.
There will be U.S. Fish & Wildlife Staff to
guide you directly to the site.
I hope to see you there!