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Cathy Dyson writes about King George County.

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Volunteers save wetlands plants at old landfill

Photo by Robert A. Martin

Naturalists Jim Scibek and Ben Raterman relocate a plant at the old King George landfill

The volunteers probably had plenty of things they needed to do in their own yards on this beautiful Saturday.

Instead, they brought thick gloves and shovels to the site of the old King George landfill, where the new Shiloh Park will be built. John Farrell, an environmental engineer with the company that’s building the new park, had identified some wetlands plants that will be destroyed when the facility’s parking lot is built.

With volunteers from the Virginia Master Naturalist program, he dug up some of the plants and relocated them to another wetlands on the property. The action wasn’t legally mandated. No agency determined that these were endangered species that needed to be moved. Farrell and the others just figured it was the right thing to do.

Here’s a link to the complete story.