Like to help? Like to garden? Like free food & drinks? Community- minded folks are invited to the Tanners Pond Environmental Center (Garden City Bird Sanctuary & Alvey Arboretum) opposite 181 Tanners Pond Road on Saturday, July 21st starting at noon. Join friends, neighbors and supporters in a weed blast- water & prune shrubs, paint nest boxes, and get ready for planting the fall delivery of "memorial trees" and bulbs. In addition, we have a contract with NYSDEC (at last!) for the 2011 Urban Forestry/ Community Tree Planting reimbursable grant so each hour you contribute can get credited towards that grant and we certainly need the funds. No skills needed and all ages welcome. Later that afternoon, coolers will be opened, drinks provided and the grill lit so hot dogs can be served to the volunteers, compliments of TPEC/GCBS Director Rob Alvey.
"We submitted the grant application in February 2011 to New York State and it included almost $14,000 in donated time and services towards the reimbursement maximum of $7,500. Our planned activities included an EcoFest in March 2011, Arbor Day in April, and a lot of volunteer work throughout the rest of the year. The work was done, but NYS only notified us 'approval' of the grant in October, and finally sent the signed contract in June 2012. We may have lost reimbursement credit for the work we've completed with volunteers last year. We truly accomplished a lot, and will have forms available so the new volunteers can be sure their work is credited," Alvey explained.
Community service works! Alvey was a speaker at the June 2012 Brookhaven National Laboratory/ Soil Conservation Service- sponsored "Green Infrastructure- Water Quality" Conference with an uplifting presentation about how community involvement has lead to the spectacular successful creation of a local environmental center at the Nassau County- owned stormwater storage basin. This fall, he has also been accepted as a presenter at the New York Water Environment Associations technical conference at West Point, again explaining the benefits to both the environment, ecology, and people in using these protected green spaces for community benefits - recreations, arts and parks. Be a part of it! Help make "Sump-thing Happen."
For July 21st, wear comfortable clothes, bring sunscreen & water. Large 32- gallon garbage bags would also be appreciated. If anyone has a chain saw or carpentry skills, that would also be appreciated. Please contact gcbirdsanctuary@gmail or call (516) 326-1720 to volunteer or let us know how you can help.