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We are private property owners in the Lost Pines forest adjacent to Bastrop and Buescher State Parks in Bastrop County, Texas. In the last six years, thousands of families have been evacuated from three out-of-control wildfires in our county that inflicted unprecedented damage. Because those wildland fires were not quickly controlled, we lost homes and furniture, outbuildings, vehicles, beloved pets, family photographs and heirlooms, tools essential to our livelihood, boys' and girls' favorite toys and bicycles, our clothing, property value, and more. Plus, adults and children lost a priceless sense of emotional calm and security that may be gone forever.
Our families also lost forests on our property comprised of towering loblolly pine trees and stately oaks, as well as deer, rabbits, squirrels, and other creatures living alongside us who perished when they could not outrun the flames.
These losses of property and a treasured ecosystem have happened in this small geographic area again... and again...and again. We are sad, frustrated, and fearful because of our losses.
In America, government is of, by, and for the people. That's why property owners are stepping forward to proclaim that proactive steps must be taken immediately to ensure there is an effective, timely state-of-the-art response to future wildland fires in Bastrop County. Property owners want to work alongside government officials to ensure that happens.
What we are doing and will do: