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Volunteers Spruce Up a River

IMG_2270(Photo by Robert Barossi)

by Robert Barossi

Now that summer is upon us, it’s even easier for volunteers to get out and get involved. And there’s no snow and ice to get in the way of important environmental volunteer work. This is the second story I’ve come across lately about volunteers getting into a river to rehabilitate it’s banks, something that would probably be difficult or impossible in the winter, especially in Alaska. In that state, volunteers are working along the Kenai River, using debris from spruce trees to rebuild the river’s banks, prevent future erosion, and create habitat for fish. The work will have short and long term benefits for the river, it’s ecosystem and the species that make it their home. Those benefits will happen thanks to the work of Kenai Watershed Forum Stream Watch and a number of dedicated environmental volunteers.

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Volunteering for National Public Lands Day

IMG_2763(Photo by Robert Barossi)

by Robert Barossi

I have to confess, I had no idea that it was recently National Public Lands Day, an annual event now in it’s 21st year. This nationwide event, which occurred a few weeks ago on September 27th, included thousands of volunteers doing some amazing work across the country. Last year, events took place at over two thousand sites, where volunteers did everything from removing invasive species to repairing and maintaining trails. This blog from the U.S. Department of Agriculture notes that the Forest Service waived fees in an effort to encourage more people to join in the efforts. The National Public Lands Day website offers lots of information including ways for people to stay involved after the event. Locally, there were many events and calls put out for volunteers, all the way across the country, from these events in Alaska and in Hawaii, to these stories out of Pennsylvania and New Orleans. There are many other stories out there about all the events that no doubt made the day a huge success and a major win for our public lands.