Replant is one of the largest student-run, environmental service projects in the nation. At this event, hundreds of trees are planted each year by thousands of Texas A&M students. They are coming together to make a difference, one that people for hundreds of years will be able to realize and enjoy.
Our trees are planted at local parks, schools, and other public lands. Many of our trees used to be donated by the National Tree Trust (between 500-1,000 per year), and others we obtained from the Texas Forest Service. The Replant committee, part of the Texas A&M Student Government Association, spends all year planning this great event and maintaining a tree farm where seedlings are grown until they are large enough to be planted on Replant Day.
The Replant tree farm was located at Lake Somerville until the spring of 2004. It was moved to the Texas A&M Riverside Campus, where it still is today.
Though Replant was started in support of Bonfire, it has since progressed into a tradition of its own that brings people together while improving and giving back to the community. It no longer has any association with Bonfire and does not plant on old Bonfire cut sites. In 1990, Scott Hantman, the Environmental Issues Committee Chair, developed the idea of Replant. In the spring of 1991 he joined up with bonfire leaders to plant 400 trees. Later that year the Traditions Council recognized Replant as an official Aggie Tradition.
The number of participants and trees grew for the next few years and the site for planting changed from TMPA in Carlos, Texas to Somerville Lake in Somerville, Texas. The event became so large that in 1994 Replant became a Student Government Committee of its own.
In 1997, Replant helped reforest the Clayton Williams oil well site where the land had been destroyed by an explosion in the 1980's. In 1998, 10,000 seedlings were potted, 2,000 trees were planted, and about 2,700 volunteers were in attendance. These volunteers included A&M students, parents, and youth from local student councils. In 1999, about 300 trees were planted at local elementary schools, parks, and the landfill. It has now grown into one of the largest student run environmental projects in the nation. In 2000 Replant received the Community Forestry Award from the Texas Forest Service.
In the fall of 2001, Replant shifted from being a spring event to being a fall event. Planting the trees in the fall allows the trees to become more acclimated to their new environment before the harsh summer arrives.
Due to an extremely rough summer in 2003 all of the trees at the tree farm were lost. Replant is currently working to build up the Riverside Campus Tree Farm.