On Friday, August 25, Collins Academy Director Gary Endsley, Science Consultant Marnie Erin, and Marketing Specialist Leta Kay met with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) representatives at Lake O’the Pines and Wright Patman Lake to select remediation sites and plan rehabilitation steps for school groups taking to the woods this fall. In all, some six acres will be improved for wildlife, especially pollinators such as the Monarch Butterfly. Collins Academy program groups from Cass and Bowie Counties will focus on habitat improvements at Wright Patman Lake while students from schools in Marion, Harrison, and Upshur Counties will conduct similar activities at Lake O’the Pines.
“Collins Academy wishes to thank Keith Cook and Dustin Flowers, Natural Resource Managers with USACE, for arranging the meeting and presenting the study site opportunities, stated Endsley. “We are all extremely excited to formalize our relationship with the dedication of two-three acre tracts for immediate remediation by students and volunteers involved with Collins Academy. We are all busy sprouting milkweed and other varieties of native wildflowers for planting at Brushy Creek on October 27 for Make-A-Difference Day,” he added. Additional acreage on Elliott Creek near Redwater will be improved after ground preparation is completed by the USACE.