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NWP Global Registry of Apprentice Ecologists - Orlando, Florida, USA

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Orlando, Florida, USA
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Registered: October 2012
City/Town/Province: orlando
Posts: 1
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“Environmental project : protect the land !”

When we think of environmental issues soil quality does not usually come to mind, but it is a very important part of many ecosystems and so forth. One day while playing football with a few friends close to our neighborhood pond we saw a sign that read ‘ caution environmentally sensitive land “ we did not take the sign seriously , after all we had no first encounter with soil erosion . Until we stood too close to the pond and the land broke away right beneath our feet’s. We got very wet to say the least but we knew something had to be done about the soil degrading at our local pond ,
To the drawing board ! So we went to school the next day and asked our AP environment teacher for possible solutions to our problem. In that moment we realized that the problem wasn’t just about the soil , it was also about the safety of the little children in our community . We could swim so when we fell into the pond we were able to leave the water with relative ease, but what about the young toddler that does not know to swim what if it had been one of them that went into the pond and could not make it out.
After days of deliberation we came up with a solid solution, we decided to plant trees around the perimeter of the pond. Our goal was to have the roots of the newly planted trees hold the soil in place. In doing so we longer had to worry about the soil eroding along the edge of the pond. To fund our little project we had our parents take us to “home depot” where we could get plants that already had roots and would take less work to maintain while being pleasing to the eyes at the same time. We did this project almost a year ago and I can honestly say that it has truly made a difference. At least in our small community not only it’s the area safer but its very beautiful , we even use the area for family picnics.
This project is a compilation of many things so it meant a lot to me, first it was a very unselfish act that we performed so we had the joy of doing the right thing not because we were told to do so, but because it was our moral obligation to do so. This was a fun yet serious project because we never took erosion seriously because we had no first hand accounts , so this was a very wonderful experience and I would love to tackle more issues associated with soil quality. We live on this planet so its our job to do what little we can to protect it, so that we can enjoy mother natures gift to us.
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Hours Volunteered: 23
Volunteers: 12
Authors Age & Age Range of Volunteers: 18 to 19
Area Restored for Native Wildlife (hectares): 1.5
Trash Removed/Recycled from Environment (kg): none
Native Trees Planted: 17
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