For 3 hours on Saturday, March 3, 2012, Boy Scouts from the Mt. Diablo Silverado Council, Hermes District, took part in a joint America’s Great Outdoors - Let’s Move Outside! activity at Reclamation’s Lake Berryessa, assisting with the ongoing restoration of native plants at two of the lake’s widely used recreation areas. Located in Napa County, Lake Berryessa is managed by the Mid-Pacific Region’s Central California Area Office.
One group of approximately 35 Scouts, their parents and Scout leaders worked with two park rangers to plant acorn seeds in the Oak Shores Day Use Area. Another group of about 15 Scouts, parents and Scout leaders worked with two rangers to perform maintenance of a native-plant restoration site near the Pope Creek Bridge, installing dri-water irrigation packets and pulling weeds around the base of the native plants.
Both groups learned about the natural history of oak trees in the region, invasive plant species, erosion, safe techniques to use tools, and restoration processes. Their work involved stewardship of the land by planting trees for the future and improving federal lands. The Scouts learned about Lake Berryessa while getting plenty of healthy outdoor exercise and practicing both teamwork and communication skills.
After lunch, about half of the Scouts participated in an hour-long hike with park rangers and learned about the native plants and animals around Lake Berryessa. The Hermes District Scouts may return in the future for other site-specific trail and park stewardship projects.
President Barack Obama launched the America’s Great Outdoors initiative in 2010 to develop a 21st Century conservation and recreation agenda. America’s Great Outdoors takes as its premise that lasting conservation solutions should rise from the American people – that the protection of our natural heritage is a non-partisan objective shared by all Americans.
Also in 2010, First Lady Michelle Obama launched Let’s Move Outside! as the outdoor activity component of her Let’s Move! initiative to end childhood obesity in a generation. Led by the U.S. Departments of the Interior and Agriculture and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – which together, manage over one-fourth of the Nation’s landmass – Let’s Move Outside! seeks to connect children to nature through healthy, outdoor recreation and is guided by four key principles: health, family, fun, and stewardship. Having evolved alongside the President’s America’s Great Outdoors initiative, Let’s Move Outside! serves as one of the primary vehicles that Interior Bureaus are using to make the outdoors more accessible and relevant to today’s youth.
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Released: March 03, 2012