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Scouts, students volunteer with Conserving Carolina

Groups from near and far came to Polk County recently to volunteer with Conserving Carolina in the past week.

Two universities, a local Boy Scout group and regular Polk County volunteers were all part of an eventful and productive week for eradicating non-native invasive plant species in the community.

Boy Scout Troop 150, a returning volunteer group, started off the week strong with a great deal of work at the Town of Tryon Lot next to IGA.

Following them, two groups from Grand Valley State University (in Michigan) and Bowling Green State University (in Ohio) chose an alternative Spring Break, focusing on service learning rather than a typical college beach trip, with the intention to learn about environmental issues in Western North Carolina. They experienced a wide-ranging week that showcased many of North Carolina’s spring features including sunny days, blooming wildflowers, plenty of wind, a day of rain and even a little snow.

Both groups served in Polk County for two days, working to eradicate non-native invasive plant species on several properties, including Norman Wilder Forest, the Town of Tryon Lot, Childers Tract (Melrose Falls/Twin Bridges) and a pollinator garden. They saw the drip falls of Norman Wilder Forest, the stunning Melrose Falls and many more of Western North Carolina’s wonders while supporting Conserving Carolina’s mission.

They also experienced the kindness of community members as they drove by and gave thanks as the students worked at the Town of Tryon lot.

A huge “thank you” goes to them and all volunteers for choosing to spend their time improving the community.

For those who are interested in volunteering with Conserving Carolina in the future, there are two Polk County workdays each week on Mondays and Thursdays, as well as more opportunities in the surrounding counties.

For more information and volunteer opportunities, visit the Conserving Carolina website, conservingcarolina.org, or email Max Howes at max@conservingcarolina.org.

-Submitted by Max Howes