Volunteers, students clean up, fix up Forts Eustis, Story during Earth Week

By Lyna Tucker, Fort Eustis Wheel PhotojournalistApril 29, 2009

A volunteer paints a "No Dumping" notice on a storm drain at the corner of 27th Street and Stillwell Avenue in the Fort Eustis housing area April 22 during Earth Day activities. More than 60 volunteers from installation tenants and activities came together to clean, repair and improve areas throughout the post in a week-long celebration of Earth Week, April 20 through Friday.
1 / 4 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A volunteer paints a "No Dumping" notice on a storm drain at the corner of 27th Street and Stillwell Avenue in the Fort Eustis housing area April 22 during Earth Day activities. More than 60 volunteers from installation tenants and activities came together to clean, repair and improve areas throughout the post in a week-long celebration of Earth Week, April 20 through Friday. (Photo Credit: Lyna Tucker, Fort Eustis Wheel Photojournalist) VIEW ORIGINAL
Above - Mackenzie Reed, a student in Kelly Pratt's 4th grade class at Fort Eustis' Gen. Stanford Elementary School, plants a Black-Eyed Susan in one of two Xeriscape gardens on the back lawn of the school April 21.
A Xeriscape garden is a low-maintenance, drought-tolerant garden of plants appropriate to the site and involve little supplemental watering. 
Students from the school's 4th- and 5th grade classes, along with volunteers and staff from the installation Department of Public Works Environmental and Natural Resources Division, planted the gardens in observance of Earth Week activities throughout the post. The post celebrated Earth Week April 20 through Friday.
Arba Williamson, chief of the ENRD Pollution Prevention Branch was pleased with the students and their participation in the activity.
"I was impressed. The kids are polite, eager and helpful to each other. They're just a great bunch of kids," he said.
2 / 4 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Above - Mackenzie Reed, a student in Kelly Pratt's 4th grade class at Fort Eustis' Gen. Stanford Elementary School, plants a Black-Eyed Susan in one of two Xeriscape gardens on the back lawn of the school April 21. A Xeriscape garden is a low-maintenance, drought-tolerant garden of plants appropriate to the site and involve little supplemental watering. Students from the school's 4th- and 5th grade classes, along with volunteers and staff from the installation Department of Public Works Environmental and Natural Resources Division, planted the gardens in observance of Earth Week activities throughout the post. The post celebrated Earth Week April 20 through Friday. Arba Williamson, chief of the ENRD Pollution Prevention Branch was pleased with the students and their participation in the activity. "I was impressed. The kids are polite, eager and helpful to each other. They're just a great bunch of kids," he said. (Photo Credit: Lyna Tucker, Fort Eustis Wheel Photojournalist) VIEW ORIGINAL
A volunteer removes a health advisory sign for replacement on a bridge on the Fort Eustis Nature Trail over Eustis Lake.
3 / 4 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A volunteer removes a health advisory sign for replacement on a bridge on the Fort Eustis Nature Trail over Eustis Lake. (Photo Credit: Lyna Tucker, Fort Eustis Wheel Photojournalist) VIEW ORIGINAL
James Dolan, a wildlife biologist with  ENRD, plants a native prairie grass at Brown's Lake April 22. 
Dolan and several volunteers planted more than 2,500 prairie grass seedlings to include LIttle Blue Stem, Big Blue Stem, Broom Sedge and Switch Grass at the lake, in the area around the DPW, Bldg. 1409 and in the 1600 block area. 
The grasses protect against erosion, reduce maintenance of the area, and provide nesting for quail and other ground nesting birds indigenous to Eustis.
4 / 4 Show Caption + Hide Caption – James Dolan, a wildlife biologist with ENRD, plants a native prairie grass at Brown's Lake April 22. Dolan and several volunteers planted more than 2,500 prairie grass seedlings to include LIttle Blue Stem, Big Blue Stem, Broom Sedge and Switch Grass at the lake, in the area around the DPW, Bldg. 1409 and in the 1600 block area. The grasses protect against erosion, reduce maintenance of the area, and provide nesting for quail and other ground nesting birds indigenous to Eustis. (Photo Credit: Lyna Tucker, Fort Eustis Wheel Photojournalist) VIEW ORIGINAL