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Redford, Michigan, USA
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camillehawkins10913



Registered: December 2008
City/Town/Province: redford
Posts: 1
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Apprentice Ecologist Initiative – Operation E_by Camille


We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect. (~Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac. I believe this quote is directly related to the Apprentice Ecologist Initiative. As it states in the quote people today regard land as a commodity belonging to them .They do not take care of it as they should. If everyone realized our land, environment and our wildlife is a community to which we are apart of we will be able to repair the damage and begin to take of our home.


The Nicodemus Wilderness Project envisions that all young people will take personal responsibility and action toward protecting wildlife and the environment in their communities through Nicodemus Wilderness Project, and that these inspired youth volunteers will become the next generation of conservation leaders worldwide. My name is Camille and I’m a senior at Redford Union High school Michigan. In the fall I will be attending Alabama State University. I believe in taking responsibility and action toward protecting wildlife in my community. After reading the Nicodemus Wilderness Project I was convinced that the first step to taking responsibility and action toward protecting wildlife in my community is through the Apprentice Ecologist Initiative. I chose option one, trash cleanup stop pollution project. I began my project by asking friends, family, and neighbors to help participate in cleaning up our neighborhood park. I chose my neighborhood park because I felt that is was important to raise awareness in my own community to protect our wildlife. Our park inhabits many different plants and animals such as squirrels, rabbits, birds, and pine trees. Although the cold snowy weather has left the park rather bare, I felt that we should take care of it.


I named the park clean up “Operation E”, E standing for ecology. The day started early, surprised by the turnout of eager neighbors ready to make a change, we began “Operation E”. Everyone was issued gloves, garbage bags and recycles bins. Despite the cold weather, the tedious project of cleaning, and fundamentals of recycling the cleanup crew made the best of the situation by coming up with a game to get the job done. The park was divided into four equal sections and the crew was divided into four even teams. The object of the game was a contest of which group can clean the park with the least amount of time and most efficient. Midday when the last team cleaned their section, we asked a bystander to judge the section that was completed first. The bystander determined that the section was cleaned efficiently there for that group won.
The game was a fun way to get the volunteers excited, but at the end of the day we all knew we did a good thing for the community and everyday when we go pass the park we know that we took actions toward protecting the wildlife in our environment.


My feelings towards the Apprentice Ecologist Initiative became stronger as the day went on .I thought about what my neighbors and I had accomplished. I felt that I made a small change in the world. Many people believe that as young people it is hard to have voice and make a difference but now I believe that anything is possible as long as you persevere, take responsibility and take action towards a goal that you believe in. I felt that this was only the beginning for me. Raising awareness of our precious wildlife has become apart of my life. I hope that this project inspired more young people to take action. A long term solution formed at the basis of my project is to make “Project E” the Apprentice Ecologist Initiative Clean up a monthly routine for Redford Township.
· Date: December 31, 2008 · Views: 3943 · File size: 42.2kb, 420.7kb · : 840 x 740 ·
Hours Volunteered: 96
Volunteers: 16
Authors Age & Age Range of Volunteers: 16 to 51
Area Restored for Native Wildlife (hectares): 5
Trash Removed/Recycled from Environment (kg): 20
Native Trees Planted: 3
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