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LCRA Donates 50 Trees to Lexington

Pictured with a trailer full of 50 trees donated to the City of Lexington by LCRA are City employee Walter Moerbe, Mayor Robert Willrich, Sr., LCRA representatives Bill Bergquist, Mike Christy and Amy Brandt. Pictured with a trailer full of 50 trees donated to the City of Lexington by LCRA are City employee Walter Moerbe, Mayor Robert Willrich, Sr., LCRA representatives Bill Bergquist, Mike Christy and Amy Brandt. The City of Lexington received a gift of 50 native trees from LCRA last Thursday morning. The trees will replace those that were lost due to the drought that has taken its toll over the past couple of years. LCRA gave thirteen (13) Mexican White Oak, thirteen (13) Burr Oak, twelve (12) Texas Redbud and twelve (12) Mexican Plum.

The trees were purchased by LCRA from a nursery in Cedar Creek near Bastrop with grant money they received from the Apache Foundation’s Tree Grant Program, which has donated 1 million trees since 2006 to schools, cities, parks and more. Planting of the Apache trees has helped wildlife habitats that need to be replaced due to natural disasters, like the drought, and enhanced neighborhoods across 14 states.

Mayor Robert Willrich, Sr. was on hand Thursday morning when the trees arrived. “I can’t thank LCRA enough for their generous gift of these trees. We are very proud of our park and hated to see the toll this year’s drought took on the beautiful landscape there. LCRA has made sure that the receipt of the grant from the Apache Foundation be used to enhance the landscape and natural beauty of our area and for that we are very grateful.”

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