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Employees Volunteer for Earth Day at the Urban Ecology Center

May 19, 2014

To celebrate Earth Day and bring awareness to green education and sustainable practices, more than 30 volunteers from Godfrey & Kahn worked together to complete various projects at the Urban Ecology Center.

Originally, the plan had been to duplicate 2013’s project of planting 900 woody shrubs along the Milwaukee River shore. However, due to spring flooding the project turned to a ravine area just northwest of the center. Erosion and misuse of the area by mountain bikes broke down the soil surrounding the trees. Mustard plants also invaded the vegetation. Volunteers combed the incline area, digging out the invasive plants, laying compost, spreading seed and unfolding protective netting.

In addition, another group of volunteers, fully equipped with repurposed boards, drills, nails, a level and a couple yards of gravel, climbed to the top of the ravine to build two bridges to aid foot traffic on the trails. Eroded make-shift railroad ties and tree trunks needed to be dug up prior to construction.

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