DoD is funding 41 National Public Lands Day (NPLD) sites on military installations in 2011. The event encourages volunteers to explore and enjoy America’s natural wonders through outdoor recreation. Find out more about one of these projects below.
Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) completed its major Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) transformation this September, becoming the Army’s center for research, development, engineering, and science. Our NPLD project is collaborative effort to enhance both natural and cultural resources. We combined pollinator habitat creation with development of a memorial that celebrates military and civilian women’s achievements in research and development since the establishment of APG in 1917.
During the first phase of the project, on Saturday, October 22, 10 volunteers planted 210 native flowers and shrubs in a garden near Garrison Headquarters. Both nectar-producing species and host species were chosen to enhance pollinator habitat. This location also will be used as the site for a unique memorial dedicated to all women, past, present, and future, working in the sciences on the installation. The memorial garden, which will be called “Women in Bloom” will be dedicated during Women’s History Month in March 2012.
Project Contact: Terri Kaltenbacher, firstname.lastname@example.org