Volunteers with the Palm Beach County Department of Environmental Resources Management (ERM) donated more than 2,550 labor hours in 2014 to help preserve Palm Beach County’s environment.
More than 900 volunteers worked on 77 habitat restoration projects in county-owned natural areas and restoration sites. They removed 35,770 pounds of trash and invasive exotic vegetation from wooded areas, scrublands, and along the Intracoastal Waterway and Lake Worth Lagoon.
Volunteers also planted 6,561 native trees, shrubs and grasses at restoration projects at Fullerton Island, Bryant Park Wetlands, Yamato Scrub and Pondhawk natural areas. Volunteers removed thousands of feet of unused irrigation material from habitat restoration sites in three natural areas and trimmed vegetation encroaching on hiking trails.
ERM’s volunteer program is a valuable tool that offers land managers a large supply of energetic workers who fight the heat, insects and difficult terrain to help protect the county’s natural treasures. For more information on joining ERM’s volunteer program, visit www.pbcgov.com/erm.