For the 11th consecutive year, Marstel-Day, LLC celebrated Earth Day on April 22 by partnering with local organizations to restore habitat, increase public access to natural areas, and support environmental non-profit organizations. The company also created an interactive “earthmap” at https://www.marstel-day.com/earthdaymap/2016 so that people in each community can view locations and information on the environmental benefits and associated impacts of each of these projects, as well as posting about its projects on Instagram, Flickr, Twitter, Facebook and other social media.
“From day one, Marstel-Day has been committed to spending Earth Day working with community partners on environmental projects. Our offices are located in urban environments where our work can have an impact by supporting natural resources as well as enhancing the quality of life for the people who live and work there,” noted Marstel-Day President and CEO Rebecca R. Rubin.
Sarah Perry of Downtown Greens said, “We love having the Marstel-Day crews – we’ve been able to do larger projects like eco-paving an access path, and creating a rain garden for runoff. For a small, grassroots nonprofit like Downtown Greens, the volunteer day makes a huge difference and allows us to accomplish things we wouldn’t be able to otherwise!”
Projects in Virginia:
Meadowview Biological Research Station, Woodford Va – prepped and sowed longleaf pine seedlings for planting, repotted pitcher plants, and cleared hardwoods out of a local bog.
Caledon State Park, King George, Va – cleared invasive species and improved trail definition.
Tree Fredericksburg – planted 44 trees in support of Fredericksburg’s urban forest, which will ultimately remove 176 pounds of atmospheric carbon per year as the trees mature.
Friends of the Rappahannock – planted native species to restore a local stream’s riparian buffer in southern Fauquier County, VA.
Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge and the Rappahannock Wildlife Refuge Friends Group – constructed viewing platforms overlooking the Refuge at their Port Royal Unit.
Fredericksburg Area Trails Maintenance and User Group (FATMUG) – helped define and clear trails around Mott’s Landing in Fredericksburg, VA.
Downtown Greens, Fredericksburg, VA – helped with removal of invasive species, cleaning and clearing pathways, as well as repairing a rain barrel system and composting station.
Accotink Creek Watershed in Fairfax County, Virginia – helped clear Accotink Creek of litter and debris.
On-site at Marstel-Day – replanted three on-site gardens for perennial pollinators, wildflowers, and vegetables with native, organic, and locally-sourced soils, plants, and seeds.
Projects in Maryland:
Montgomery Parks in Wheaton, Maryland – helped improve a local garden with new flower and native plantings.
Project Clean Stream at Elk Neck State Park, Cecil County, Maryland – cleared litter and debris to improve conditions at the park and in the overall Chesapeake Bay.
Potomac River – helped clean up a popular picnicking and fishing spots in Point of Rocks, Maryland.
Projects in North Carolina:
Durham County, North Carolina – cleaned Third Fork Creek, which had recently flooded and brought debris into the backyards of neighbors.
Projects in California:
Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation – volunteered to conserve and protect tidal wetlands in Carlsbad and Encinitas, California.
Mojave Desert Land Trust – worked to restore an area of land called “Section 33” in Joshua Tree, California.
Projects in Texas:
Lake Mitchell Audubon Center Trail Stewards in San Antonio, Texas – cleared trails and restored native plant displays
Earth Day Texas, Dallas, Texas – participated at an annual, outdoor festival raising environmental awareness by exhibiting Marstel-Day’s efforts in encroachment and creating partnerships between the military and conservation partners.
Projects in Florida:
Reef Environmental Education Foundation‘s fish survey in the Florida Keys.