Planting trees to help restore riverbanks after May floods

Hays County Riverbank Restoration
Hays County Riverbank Restoration (Hays County)

SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) — Hays County Commissioners took flood recovery efforts in their own hands on Friday.

At Five Mile Dam Park, Precinct 3 Commissioner Will Conley and Precinct 4 Commissioner Ray Whisenant helped TreeFolks start the effort. The group planted trees along the Blanco River to help restore native tree species that were lost due to floods in 2015.

TreeFolks is in a pilot program to bring back native plant species through the river in the county following multiple flood events. The restoration efforts will help in providing clean air and water, shading and stabilizing the river’s edges, and potentially slowing down future floods.

This won’t be the first and last time new vegetation is planted along the Blanco River. Last month, volunteers planted more than 200 trees along the Blanco River in Wimberley.

Hays County is helping to partly fund the effort. You can offer your own help, or request assistance from the group at Donations are also accepted. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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