Building a Trail -- AWS Says Thanks!!

This past Wednesday (the day before Thanksgiving), scout Taylor LaChance joined us to complete her Venturing Ranger Award.

Venturing is a program of the Boy Scouts of America that engages youth (both young men and young women) between the ages of 14 and 21. The Ranger Award is very similar to the Eagle Scout Award for those who are familiar. More info about venturing can be found by clicking here.

To recieve the award, scouts must complete a project in their communities. Taylor, a long-time resident in the area, approached us about completing her project with AWS. We were delighted.

For the last two years, AWS has been working to restore a fringe wetland along the Anacostia River, adjacent to the Fort Lincoln Cemetery. In order to access the wetland area, we have had to navigate through a thick patch of woods along the east side of the cemetery. This has not been easy, particularly in the heat of the summer with large groups and lots of supplies!

In an effort to make things a little bit easier on AWS staff and volunteers, we thought that having a more established trail through this patch of woods would be great --- and a perfect fit for Taylor's project!

Taylor and her father Bill spent some time flagging the site and recruiting other scouts for the trail build, while AWS staff prepared tools and supplies. On Wednesday morning, we were ready to go! With the help of about 15 scouts, their families, and other community members, we constructed a beautiful trail to our wetland site using fallen logs and tree branches.


Taylor and others use a wheelbarrow and shovels to spread mulch on the newly established trail.


Community members and friends of the LaChances use chainsaws and pruning shears to clear a path.


Scouts from Clinton, MD even helped us clear some trash that other volunteers removed from the wetland!

We now have a beautiful trail to our wetland site that will make it so much easier and more pleasant to complete work there. We will also have a lovely spot to hold nature hikes in the future!

A big thanks goes out to Taylor for choosing to complete her project with AWS -- and to everyone who helped out! What a great job!

If you are interested in learning more about the trail build, wetland restoration, or how to complete your scout project with AWS, please contact Maddie Koenig at 301-699-6204 ext. 109 or mkoenig@anacostiaws.org.

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