150,000 Seed Balls For Wildfire-Stricken Bastrop

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - About 300 groups of children have worked to make sure parts of Central Texas blackened by wildfires get new plants.

Officials with Capital Area Master Naturalists in Austin say about 150,000 seed balls will be available to Bastrop residents, whose land was damaged by the fires. The marble-size balls of clay and compost also contain native plant seeds.

Members of the Native Plant Society raised $1,800 to buy compost, clay and a special seed mix.

The Austin American-Statesman reported Thursday that the seed balls were put together by children at schools, churches and youth groups. The seeds are from more than 50 varieties of Central Texas plants.

Organizer Ryan Fleming says she wanted to give something back to people whose land was burned in wildfires since Labor Day weekend.