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NWP Global Registry of Apprentice Ecologists - Frontier Park, Vancouver, Washington, USA

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Frontier Park, Vancouver, Washington, USA
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Registered: July 2007
City/Town/Province: Vancouver
Posts: 3
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My Contribution to the Environment

Frontier Park is a 6-acre park located in Vancouver, WA, USA. Many native trees surround this park such as fir, maple, and pine trees, which are plentiful throughout the perimeter of Frontier Park. Not only do many trees inhabit the park, but also various species of animals. A few of these animals include raccoons, squirrels, and species of Pacific Northwestern birds. On a daily basis, citizens take their dogs on walks throughout the park.

Along with the exquisiteness and serenity of Frontier Park, there is the growing threat of trash buildup near the Western part of the park. On July 8, 2007, I decided to take action against the dilemma of trash buildup by collecting an assortment of trash. Some of the trash items I collected were empty cigarette packs, sheetrock boards, plastic bottles, paper, and used fireworks. After seven hours of accumulating trash and debris from different parts of the park, I collected a total of 185 pounds of trash. During the process of gathering trash, I was enraged to find nails and plastic objects in a wilderness area of the park where many birds dwell and live. Such hazardous things as nails and plastic objects can threaten a bird or other organism’s survival. For an example, sharp nails that lay amongst the ground can injure a body of a raccoon or possum passing by.

The commission of completing my environmental project, made myself feel like I changed a part of this beautiful earth in an optimistic way. I changed a part of this earth in a positive way by just collecting and disposing discarded trash. If this problem kept increasing, it would have damaged Frontier Park even more. I also felt that I made Frontier Park more secure for people and local animals. The outcome of my project made the park more enjoyable to visit and observe.

After my Apprentice Ecologist Initiative project was completed, I have come up with some solutions to reduce litter and debris in Frontier Park. One solution I have considered that can be accomplished, is to position signs around the park that say, PLEASE DO NOT LITER!-THANK YOU. Another solution I have thought of is placing garbage cans near the all entrances of Frontier Park. Introducing more garbage cans to the park would most likely encourage park visitors to dispose their trash.

Why do I think it is important to take care of the environment? One motive why I think it is important to take care of an area of environment is because it contributes to a safer area for humanity and animals. For an instance, if sharp objects in a park were gone, then an area would obviously be safer. It is also vital to take care of the environment because nature must thrive to support everyone’s needs. In order for nature to meet our needs litter is something we certainly do not need.


Ever since I have completed my Apprentice Ecologist Initiative project, I felt as if I became supportive and compassionate of my local environment. If I were to give advice to anybody about environmental awareness, I would say, “If you care for nature, then nature will care for you right back.” Lastly, everyone has the potential to change his or her surroundings for the better. I may have not have cleaned up all the trash in the world, but I sure made a dent!
· Date: July 25, 2007 · Views: 8336 · File size: 26.3kb, 119.4kb · : 768 x 576 ·
Hours Volunteered: 7
Volunteers: 1
Authors Age & Age Range of Volunteers: 16
Area Restored for Native Wildlife (hectares): 2.4
Trash Removed/Recycled from Environment (kg): 84.1
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