Friday, July 23, 2010

Volunteers Help Maintain Local Nature Preserves

 Eagle Scout Henry Bentley constructed a bridge next to the fishing pond at Line Creek Nature Area.

Community volunteers are donating their summer time to help Southern Conservation Trust maintain its public nature preserves in Fayette County.  Their generosity helps the Trust stretch its donation income and addresses the wear and tear these popular parks receive from local visitors.

The girls’ Lacrosse Team from Whitewater High School is re-staining the three wetland observation decks at Sams Lake Sanctuary outside Fayetteville – a project spanning three days in the hot sun.  

Whitewater Lacrosse Team Stains Observation Deck at Sams Lake
At Line Creek Nature Area, Eagle Scouts Keelan Klarl and Henry Bentley have built foot bridges and re-routed trails so hikers can easily cross wet spots on the Creek and Pond Trails.  

Whitewater High student Sarah Blakeslee finished staining the picnic tables near the fishing pond and three young ladies cut back the overhanging branches to widen the entrance drive to the parking lot. In the spring the Brownies of Troop 10314 used money they earned selling Girl Scout cookies to plant native trees at Line Creek. 

Peachtree City resident Gary Humphries repaired the damage of vandals at the Flat Creek Nature Area who had painted graffiti on the boardwalk and pulled out the entrance sign.  This quiet forested wetland can be entered beside the Peachtree City Amphitheater. 

“As a small community land trust, we appreciate the many volunteers who help make our preserves great places to experience nature,” said Trust Executive Director Abby Jordan.  ”We have volunteer projects lasting a few hours or over several days.  An upcoming Volunteer Work Day in late fall will create landscape beds with native shrubs at the Line Creek entrance on Hwy 54, based on a design donated by Nearly Native Nursery in Fayetteville.” 

Southern Conservation Trust is a Fayette County-based conservation nonprofit that owns, manages and protects 1400 acres of farms, forests and environmentally sensitive land in the Southern Crescent. The Trust hosts environmental programs and enhances its three public preserves with trails, overlooks and re-introduction of native species.  As a regional land trust the Trust works with willing landowners to permanently protect open space that benefits the community and can offer tax benefits for the landowner.

If you or your service club would like to help maintain community greenspace, contact the Trust at .

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