On November 5th 2011 at 8:30 am, a group of local volunteers working with a private land’s biologist will host a cleanup for the duck pond, located on East Kings Hwy between Reily Lane and Shreveport Barksdale Highway.  Students and faculty from Centenary College, the Bayou Chapter of the Ozarks, A Better Shreveport, Louisiana Department of Fish and Wildlife and the City of Shreveport will be on hand to assist with the removal of trash and invasive plants and animals and to reintroduce native flora.

Currently much of the south central United States is experiencing a drought; its effects can be seen throughout the area.  Many of Shreveport’s ponds have lost much of their water. The duck pond is a good example.  The volunteers have decided to rehabilitate the duck pond because it is such an appreciated recreation area for our residents.  While the water level is low, it is an ideal time to remove debris and treat the plants that are growing unchecked.

The hope is that citizens will take advantage of this opportunity to give back to our city.  Gloves and gardening tools will not be provided, so please bring your own.  Louisiana Environmental Solutions (LES), a subsidiary of Phillips Energy Partners, will provide drinks and light snacks.  Lex Plant Farm and Shreveport Green will be donating much of the landscaping materials and trees.  If this project is successful, this will be the first of many with the goal of restoring the health and vitality our local environment.   Please contact Daniel Gehrig at 698-0057 for more information.

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