On Saturday, September 24, 2016, the West Point Project hosted its annual National Public Lands Day Celebration at Earl Cook Recreation Area. Approximately 100 volunteers joined U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Park Rangers to complete a variety of environmental stewardship projects.
The purpose of National Publics Lands Day is to celebrate and promote conservation of public lands. On Saturday, volunteers from the surrounding area came together to enhance West Point Project’s recreation and conservation missions by constructing 30 Wood Duck nesting boxes, 55 fish attractors and collecting over 100 bags of trash from the shoreline.
Volunteers who participated in this year’s activities received a ‘FEE-FREE Pass’ for free access to participating federal recreation areas provided by the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF). Volunteers were also treated to a free lunch provided by annual event partner, Wendy’s on Lafayette Parkway in La- Grange. Coca-Cola Bottling Company of West Point provided water and sodas for the event. The Chattahoochee Riverkeepers also joined in, providing free rides for volunteers on ‘Miss Sally’, their 40′ long Floating Classroom.
Park Ranger David Scott, who organized this year’s Event stated, ‘It was exciting to see the various community groups and individuals come together to show support for our public lands here at West Point Lake. Their hard work and giving spirit set a great example for our whole community.’
For more information about West Point Lake or how you can volunteer for future activities, please contact the Project Management Office at706645-2937.