Earth Day 2012: Tornado Recovery

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Earth Day 2012: Tornado Recovery

Time: April 21, 2012 from 8:30am to 12pm
Location: East Brimfield Lake Project Office
Street: 24 Riverview Avenue
City/Town: Sturbridge
Phone: 508-347-3705
Event Type: earth day, brimfield lake, tornado
Organized By: US Army Corp. of Engineers
Latest Activity: Mar 7, 2012

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Earth Day 2012: Tornado Recovery

East Brimfield Lake needs your help!

Park Manager Keith Beecher unloads the “kitchen sink” along with other tornado debris from last fall’s lake shore clean up.  Come help Keith find the rest of his kitchen at this spring’s Earth Day event for East Brimfield Lake.

On June 1st, 2011 an EF 3 tornado struck south western and central Massachusetts, including a direct hit on the properties of East Brimfield and Westville Flood damage reduction projects of the New England District, U S Army Corps of Engineers.  Since then a slow but methodical recovery lead by the Park Rangers and Volunteers at these projects in completing clean up, recovery and restoration of project lands.

This Earth Day you have the opportunity to help in continuation of this process by volunteering for one of two projects;

Lake Shore & River trail Cleanup: Much debris was deposited in the waters of the East Brimfield lake and the New England Districts first nationally designated Recreation Water trail, along the Quinebaug River.  Boats and canoes are needed to patrol the shoreline and river trail to pick up any remaining debris.

Reforestation & stream bank stabilization: A combined total of over 500 acres of upland and river side trees were totally destroyed in this tornado.  Forest recovery and logging operations have started, and the need to replant and stabilize these areas with new tree seedlings and mulch.  Between the two projects over 600 tree seedlings will be planted and 100 cubic yards of wood chips need to be spread.

Saturday, April 21st, East Brimfield Lake Project Office,

24 Riverview Ave., Sturbridge MA. Registration at 0830, 

Project work hours; 0900 - 12noon, Pizza lunch provided.

Bring work gloves, boats & life jackets, shovels, water bottle & wear sturdy shoes. Pre register by calling 508-347-3705,

Email: Thomas.a.chamberland@usace.army.mil

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