With the reopening of Sam Houston Jones Park just around the horizon, they need SWLA residents with green thumbs to help plant trees.

Picture of a Planting new tree

Hurricane Laura and Delta really did a job on the trees around the state park. Many of them were damaged and had to be removed.

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Park officials are asking for park-goers and SWLA residents who would like to help replenish the park with new trees to show up in force. The plan is to plant over 5,000 new trees.

KPLC spoke with Assistant Secretary of State Parks Brandon Burris last summer and the original plan was to reopen the park was at the end of 2021. He recently told them that the cause for delay has been the pandemic, rising construction costs, and delivery issues.

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Burris says the wait will be worth it. He told KPLC that they are upgrading every aspect of the park. They will be adding new and modern electric and sewage hookups to their camper sites and they have built newly redesigned cabins.

The event is going down this Saturday from 9:00am to 12:00 noon. Registration is not required, however, if you would like to sign up early click here.

Here are some important reminders:

  • Arrive Early: Plan to arrive early to allow time for parking and registration. Gates will open at 8:30 a.m.
  • On Arrival: All volunteers must check-in at the registration tent and complete a Volunteer Waiver form if you didn’t bring a completed form.
  • What to wear: Volunteers should wear comfortable pants and closed-toed, sturdy boots or shoes.
  • What to bring: There will be gloves and a limited number of shovels available at the park. If you have gloves and a shovel, we encourage you to bring your own.

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