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Jamestown 4-H Educational Center receives PRIDE designation

Date: May 25, 2005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Beth Davis, Environmental Education Coordinator

Phone:(757) 253-6859
Fax: 253-6850

 

James City County's PRIDE program recently partnered with the Leadership Historic Triangle to restore a small stream at the Jamestown 4-H Educational Center. Volunteers planted six coconut (coir) logs and wetlands plants, including Smooth Alder, Serviceberry, River Birch, Sweet Flag, Lizard's Tail and Soft Rush. The logs and plants will control erosion from stream and tidal forces on the bank and protect the stream from surface runoff down adjacent slopes.

The Jamestown 4-H Educational Center received a sign designating it as a PRIDE facility. In addition, the Department of Conservation and Recreation's Stewardship Virginia Program awarded volunteers certificates of appreciation signed by Gov. Mark R. Warner and W. Tayloe Murphy, Jr., Secretary of Natural Resources, for their efforts in conserving and enhancing Virginia's lands and waters and ensuring the health of waterways for present and future generations.

PRIDE, which stands for "Protecting Resources in Delicate Environments," is the County's watershed education program. PRIDE offers watershed protection tips, tools and resources, as well as the opportunity for neighborhoods and businesses to earn a PRIDE designation. A Mini-Grant program is also available for small water quality improvement projects to County neighborhoods, stormwater facility (BMP) owners and community groups seeking to improve water quality through watershed restoration and/or protection projects such as tree planting, wetland planting, BMP restoration and stream bank stabilization. PRIDE also conducts hands-on watershed education workshops. Contact Beth Davis, Environmental Education Coordinator, at (757) 253-6859 or visit www.protectedwithpride.org.



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