National Public Lands Day at Trinity River Refuge
LIBERTY, October 7, 2014 – Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge would like to thank the many volunteers who joined us for the Trinity River Beach Clean Up at the Highway 105 Bridge on National Public Lands Day, Sept 27, 2014. The sixty-seven volunteers came from many organizations including Huntsman Corporation, Huntsville Audubon Society, Boys Scouts of American-Dayton Troop 8, Liberty County 4-H Mounted Drill Team, Friends of Trinity River Refuge, Microbiology Society from Lamar University, and several student organizations from Liberty Independent School District (Interact, 1000 Club, and Ms. Taylor’s Environmental Science classes).
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The volunteers did a great job of picking up trash leftover by beach-goers. They picked up 160 bags which is approximately three-quarters of a ton of trash. Much of the trash was cans, glass bottles, and plastic bottles. Ms. Taylor, Environmental Science teacher at Liberty High School, went the extra mile and urged her students to separate the recyclable materials from the non-recyclable trash. The bags of recyclable materials were taken to Houston for recycling later in the week by volunteers Sandy and Jeff Fletcher. Volunteers Ashley Chattle and Andrew Townsend had the special task of picking up the 160 bags of trash and loading it onto the trailer for drop-off at a waste facility in the northern end of the county. They also made sure to hand out bottle of water to volunteers as the morning grew warmer.
The turnout for this year’s National Public Lands Day was phenomenal! Thank you, volunteers! We could not have done it without you!