Rooted in Tradition
Aggie Replant—recognized as an official Aggie tradition since 1991—is a student-run organization that coordinates tree planting events and environmental service activities. The group annually organizes Replant Day, the largest one-day, student-led, environmental service project in the nation, during which students plant trees throughout the Bryan-College Station community.
“We plant at local parks, schools, nonprofits, cemeteries and private home sites,” said Hunter Williams ’19, the organization’s director. “Last year we had approximately 400 volunteers, and we always plant between 200 and 500 trees.” The group fundraises year-round so that trees can be provided at no cost.
In addition to its local work, Aggie Replant has a history of partnering with the Texas A&M Forest Service. From 2013 to 2017, the organization helped with the reforestation efforts of Bastrop State Park following the devastating 2011 wildfire that destroyed most of its tree life. Over five years, student volunteers planted a total of 45,000 pine seedlings.
In February 2018, students also helped restore flood-damaged areas of the Blanco River in San Marcos by planting more than 1,500 tree seedlings along its banks. To lower purchasing costs, the group is now working to establish a sustainable tree farm to grow its own trees.