Lynne Byrd is a parent. Her family encompasses the entire state.
She purchased a seedling of the Treaty Oak in 1997 and planted it in the backyard of her home on Lake LBJ in Llano County.
One of the most famous trees in Texas, the Treaty Oak was once named the most perfect specimen of an oak tree in the United States. Often assumed to be a site of treaties between settlers and Indians, the tree is actually believed to be a council site for different Native American tribes. Infamously poisoned by an unbalanced man in 1989, seedlings were quickly harvested to keep a vestige of the historic tree alive. Following two decades of living on the edge of death, the tree has survived long enough to be declared “fully recovered.” Still, only the legacy of the once-great tree soars, as the current version slumps, as if ashamed of its current condition. Regardless, the tree remains a beloved icon of the city of Austin, and plantings flourish across the state, most notably outside City Hall.
As a member of the DRT of the Ferdinand Lindheimer Chapter in New Braunfels, Ms. Byrd is committed to preserving the traditions and stories of the state. So it’s not surprising that her love for our natural wonders inspired her to purchase a “child” of the great tree, and plant it close to banks of the lake. It was a gesture that those of us who love our natural world can appreciate. The young tree is flourishing, proudly and lovingly cared for by Lynne and her family.
Thanks to the efforts of people like Lynne, more than the memory of of our natural wonders will endure.