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Thank You to Our April Volunteers!

  

Many thanks to the big group of volunteers from FedEx who completed a multi-pronged service project on Wed., April 24th, at the Epping Way Greenway.  The FedEx Cares project is part of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Five Star Urban Waters Restoration Grant awarded to the Wolf River Conservancy for which FedEx provides most of the funding.  Clean Memphis partnered with the Conservancy to lead the volunteers in a variety of activities, which included picking up trash and tires along N. Highland, planting trees along the Greenway, removing invasive privet and Bradford pears, planting native wildflowers and seeds in the meadow and near the wetland, and installing bat houses with bat expert Chris Grow.  It was a beautiful day for working outdoors and the FedEx team did an outstanding job!  

   

Please see the following links for press and photos of the FedEx Cares Project:  

https://dailymemphian.com/article/4675/FedEx-volunteers-spruce-up-Wolf-River-Greenways-newest-section

https://www.localmemphis.com/news/local-good-news/fedex-cares-wolf-river-conservancy-clean-memphis-clean-up-wolf-river-greenway/195060

On April 26th, International Paper volunteers came out to Epping Way to help us prepare for the Greenway 5K and Grand Opening the next day.  The group worked hard cleaning up the formerly landscaped circle at the end of the old driveway, taking out accumulated dead limbs and brush, making the trees more visible, and improving the visual appeal of the area.  We thank them for giving us one more reason to be proud of this new section of the Greenway!

  

Other projects this month included working with Buckman volunteers and students at the Springdale Elementary outdoor area to plant numerous native flowers and seeds in hopes of attracting butterflies and other pollinators.  The students have becomse so excited about butterflies that their science teacher, Ms. Boyce, wanted more flowers to attract them.  

  

Students from White Station High School enthusiastically cleared privet during the service project component of their field trip on April 22 (Earth Day!) - to the Lucius Burch trailhead area at Shelby Farms Park.  Thank you, kids, for a fantastic job!  Previously cleared areas now contain a variety of plants on the forest floor which the birds and butterflies seem to be enjoying.

Posted by Cathy Justis at 7:08 PM