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Volunteers Are Cleaning Up, Part 2

Rocks in Still Water(Photo by Robert Barossi)

by Robert Barossi

This morning, I couldn’t help but notice the number of stories about volunteer cleanups. Maybe it’s just that time of year? Or maybe these events are just happening more than ever. And being reported about more than ever in local news outlets.

Roughly four hundred volunteers participated in this event in State College, PA, led by ClearWater Conservancy. The volunteers cleaned up the area’s watershed at fifty different important sites.

Up in Minnesota, an impressive number of volunteers  also showed up for this event. Led by Cascade Meadow Wetlands & Environmental Science Center, the effort, which included many students, cleaned up the trash in a large wetland area.

Finally, some two hundred volunteers in Maryland showed up at Fort McHenry to clean up trash and waste. Led by the National Parks Conservation Association and the National Aquarium, the volunteers cleaned up lots of trash while also performing tasks such as tree planting and trail maintenance.

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Volunteers Helping the Antelope


(Photo by Leupold James, Courtesy of public-domain-image.com)

by Robert Barossi

In so many ways, humans have altered or destroyed countless areas where animal species live or migrate. Migrations patters have been especially disrupted, as cities, towns, roads, highways and other kinds of human development have fractured migration corridors. Recently in Montana, volunteers played a big role in restoring a migration path for the antelope who roam big sky country. The volunteers have been stringing antelope-friendly fence, a project which has gone on for the past four years and included the modification of 18 miles of fence. These volunteer efforts may go a long way toward protecting the antelope and keeping the population in that area healthy and thriving.

The fence building and modification is a project of the National Parks Conservation Association.