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FIRST SIGNS "PLANTED" AT THE PAW PATH POLLINATOR GARDEN

Sat, April 29, 2017

 

Jack Gardner, an Eagle Scout candidate, and a group of Boy Scouts and some dads gathered at the Paw Path Pollinator Garden on Saturday, April 29, with morning mist still on the Smith River. They were on a mission: to "plant" the first signs at the Paw Path Pollinator Garden.

Within a couple of hours, they had used posthole diggers to create holes about 2 feet deep for the sign posts. They had gotten the signs in the hole, poured in Quickcrete and then added water. As the cement-like mixture began to harden quickly they had used levels to make sure the signs didn't get fixed in place out of kilter.

They also added a couple of features that are not associated directly with the Pollinator Garden, but are part of the Paw Path. For instance, one is a see-saw for dogs, made by Jack and his father, Martin Gardner.

Jack had gotten guidance from Brian Williams of the Dan River Basin Association on how to put signs in. Jack and the dads then directed the crew on what they needed to do.

Jack also collaborated on content of some signs, such as one about trout in the river, an important factor in the area's ecosystem.

Frames and poles for the rest of the signs are still being made. As soon as those are ready, the scouts will return to "plant" them.

 
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