Wellington Observes Public Lands Day

Wellington recently celebrated National Public Lands Day with approximately 50 volunteers planting more than 700 pine seedlings at the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas Environmental Preserve.

On Saturday, Sept. 27, more than 175,000 volunteers nationwide visited their favorite parks, beaches, wildlife preserves or forests and chipped in to help improve these treasured places. Wellington residents did their part in the 21st annual National Public Lands Day, the largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands in the United States. The group included members of the Wellington Garden Club, along with Boy Scout, Girl Scout and Cub Scout troops.

The seedlings planted were South Florida slash pines, which are specifically adapted to the local environment. This marks Wellington’s second year planting for NPLD. The village reported that 95 percent of the seedlings planted last year are still thriving. Special thanks to the volunteers who planted seedlings.

ABOVE: Volunteers plant seedlings at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas preserve.