SAN MARCOS, Texas - Before the floods of 2015, the entire area near Blanco Shoal was covered in 100-year-old Cypress Trees, but now all that’s left is debris.
But thanks to the Austin nonprofit TreeFolks and a generous donation by Google, volunteers are bringing the Blanco back to live.
"Today we're planting about 1200 with volunteers all across the community, including our employees and employees from other corporations," said Google employee Gerado Interiano.
The catastrophic floods of 2015 devastated trees that had stood for centuries and arborists believe some were close to 300 years old.
So, while we'll never see the fruits of today's labor, the idea is to re-create the habitat for generations to come.
It's a game of odds; Erin Gurak with TreeFolks said not all of these saplings will make it.
"We plant about four times as many saplings as we think are going to survive, and that's to account for factors like flood or drought, or the deer. We conduct survival studies on the saplings and so far they're looking pretty good and meeting that 25 percent or higher survival rate," said Gurak.
For Wimberley-native Lauren Hastings, the success of these tiny trees is personal. She watched her hometown drown nearly three years ago.
Now, she and her son are adding to the legacy of the river that raised her.
"I have definitely a lot of connection to nature and the Hill Country, and Wimberley gave me that. So, anything we can do and bring our kids around to help out is worth it, for sure," said Hastings.