Corps of Engineers help clean up Fort DeRussy

| September 26, 2014 | 0 Comments
More than 40 volunteers pick-up trash at Fort DeRussy in Waikiki in honor of National Public Lands Day and International Coastal Clean-up Day, Saturday.

More than 40 volunteers pick-up trash at Fort DeRussy in Waikiki in honor of National Public Lands Day and International Coastal Clean-up Day, Saturday.

 

Story and photo by
Joseph Bonfiglio
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Honolulu District Public Affairs
FORT SHAFTER — More than 40 volunteers picked up trash at Fort DeRussy in Waikiki in honor of National Public Lands Day and International Coastal Cleanup Day, Saturday.

The Corps of Engineers’ Regional Visitor Center coordinated the event, which was supported by Corps employees, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and Punahou Junior ROTC cadets.

About 20 cadets led by Lt. Col. Robert Takao, Punahou JROTC commander, concentrated their efforts on cleaning up the beach berm behind historic Battery Randolph.

“We’ve been doing this for the last seven or eight years, and we always get willing volunteers. It’s never hard to get the cadets to come out because they realize how good it is for our world to do things like this. I’m really proud of them,” Takao said.

Volunteers picked up over 10 large bags of trash from the area.
“We’re happy about educating the public on the importance of preserving and improving our precious natural and cultural treasures,” said Angela Jones, head park ranger for the RVC.

National Public Lands Day is the largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands in the U.S. It began in 1994 and focuses on education and partnerships to care for the nation’s natural treasures.

In 2013, more than 16,000 volunteers worked to clean 1,651 miles of shoreline, maintain 135 miles of trails and plant some 835 trees and shrubs at USACE-operated sites.

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To learn more, visit www.publiclandsday.org.

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