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Volunteers Build an Urban Forest

Up a Tree(Photo by Robert Barossi)

by Robert Barossi

Lots of environmental volunteer stories involve heading out into the wilderness, deep into woods and forests, to conduct volunteer work. Just as important, though, are the efforts that take place in our cities. Environmental volunteer work is happening in numerous urban centers, from major metropolitan areas to the smallest of cities. On the gulf coast of Mississippi, in the city of Pascagoula, volunteers have been working to create what they’re hoping will be an urban forest. Work on the one acre plot of land includes removing invasive species and planting native trees, among other projects. They are hoping to make I.G. Levy park even more of a green space and attract more birds and wildlife to the area, as well as more tourists and nature lovers. In industrialized and urbanized places like this, nature is often nearly wiped out. It’s usually up to volunteers to keep these pockets of wild, green spaces, and the nature that thrives there, alive and well.

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An Impressive Coastal Cleanup

IMG_2656(Photo by Robert Barossi)

by Robert Barossi

Cleaning up coasts, shorelines and bodies of water is one of the most common environmental volunteer activities. It’s also one of the most important. It’s easy to imagine just how polluted our beaches and coastlines would be if nobody ever picked up all that trash and pollution. Not just easy to imagine but kind of frightening. Fortunately, there are dedicated and passionate people, like the 1,616 people who showed up to clean the shores of Mississippi during the annual Mississippi Coastal Cleanup. They picked up an impressive 1,603 bags of trash at 47 sites. The debris included many recyclables and a number of strange and unusual objects. Removing all of it will go a long way to improving or maintaining the health of the beaches and all the ecosystems along the Mississippi coast.