Making a difference at Lake O’ The Pines

make a differenceThe wind was high and the temperature was dropping on Oct. 28, but it didn’t stop a group of determined East Texans from gathering at the Brushy Creek area of Lake O’ the Pines to celebrate National Make a Difference Day. Staff members of the US Army Corps of Engineers, Collin’s Academy, Cypress Basin Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists, and Jefferson High School students from the Horticulture Class partnered in a day of native seed planting on a four-acre plot prepared by the Corps staff. The seeds included over 40 plant species that will bloom throughout the growing season beginning in spring. The blooms will serve as a food source for pollinators and other wildlife species, while also making for an attractive area for visitors to the lake to view.
Make A Difference Day was started in 1992 by USA Today, as a way to encourage individuals and organizations to help improve their community. It is the largest day of community service in the U.S. Jonathan Bush, Civil Engineering Technician for the Corps, who prepared the land, said that “the Corp partnership with Collins Academy is a really good thing. We enjoy being involved with volunteer programs, especially those that involve young people, many of whom haven’t had the opportunity to work in the forest and learn about the importance of forestry management and how to improve habitat for wildlife and pollinators…

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