ALVA — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District invited the public to participate in a day of service at the W.P. Franklin South Lock and Dam Recreation Area on National Public Lands Day, Saturday, Sept. 23.
"We had such a successful planting day with 50 volunteers and we planted approximately 10,000 2-inch liner plants!" said Megan Parsons, Natural Resources Specialist . ("Liners" is a horticultural term referring to very young plants.)
The wildflowers and grasses were planted in an area that was previously a large open field, to provide habitat restoration and educational opportunities for the local community.
USACE has been involved with National Public Lands Day since its inception in 1994 and has consistently been one of the event’s largest providers of sites and volunteers. USACE manages more than 400 lake and river projects in 43 states. With 90 percent of these projects located within 50 miles of metropolitan areas, USACE sites provide a wide range of safe and affordable outdoor recreation opportunities close to home.
(Photos courtesy USACE)