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Tomorrow (2/7), volunteers from across the community will converge on Lake Springfield Park to make it more accessible and more appealing. KSMU’s Michele Skalicky has more.
Tomorrow’s project is one of six that are being hosted by the Greater Ozarks Audubon Society in partnership with other area organizations using grant money received from TogetherGreen.The National Audubon Society Project began last fall. Dave Catlin is spokesman for the Audubon Society.
"TogetherGreen is a project between the National Audubon Society and Toyota that covers several different initiatives, all designed to further conservation primarily through volunteers."
41 different organizations have received funding to host volunteer projects in their communities including the Greater Ozarks Audubon Society. Two projects have been held here so far and there will be four more including tomorrow’s event at Lake Springfield Park.Project coordinator Sue Schuble with the local Audubon society, says there will be 3 different work projects tomorrow…continued work on a trail at the park, glade restoration and cleanup both on the lake and along the shore. Volunteers are needed.Schuble says it’s a good way to make a difference in the community.
"It'll be a lot of hard work, but I think people will get that satisfied feeling for helping out and doing something good."The work day is from 9 to 4, and lunch is provided. To register, call Ellen at the Springfield Greene County Park board at 864-1051.According to Catlin, there are 3 major components of TogetherGreen: Grants to conservation organizations to help pay for volunteer projects, a fellows program and innovation grants to fund conservation-related projects. The Greater Ozarks Audubon Society received an innovation grant to host, along with MO State University, a Youth Leadership Academy for high school students this summer at the Drury-Mincy Wildlife area.He hopes TogetherGreen will have a lasting impact.
"The idea behind TogetherGreen is to empower citizens to be agents of conservation."
According to Catlin, TogetherGreen hopes to accomplish some very real conservation projects across the country.
"There have been literally tens of thousands of volunteer hours contributed already toward very concrete that have accomplished some, I think, very significant things."
He says TogetherGreen hopes to spread a culture of conservation across the nation. To learn more, visit togethergreen.org.