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Volunteers To Clean Up Lake Springfield

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Lake Springfield will be undergoing a makeover on February 5th as part of the annual Lake Springfield Park Spruce-Up Day. KSMU’s Mike Donnelly Reports.

The event is sponsored by the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, Greater Ozarks Audubon Society, Missouri Department of Conservation, and Volunteers for Outdoor Missouri.

Volunteers from around the region will remove excess cedar trees from the lake’s glade area along the hiking trails in the northeastern part of the park.

David Riggs with the Lake Springfield Park explains the origins of the project.

“There’s a glade area that has been taken over by cedars, and MDC [Missouri Department of Conservation] started this as a project a number of years ago to restore this glade back to what it was by removing the cedars.”

The trees that are removed will be thrown into a chipper, which will in turn provide the wood chips that will be used to help restore the glade area.

While all necessary supplies will be provided on site, participants are encouraged to bring gloves, durable shoes, and to keep mindful of weather conditions for appropriate attire.

The cleanup will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and morning snacks and a light lunch will be provided.

Those who wish to pre-register for this event can call the Springfield Greene-County Park Board offices at 864-1051.

They can also register next Saturday at the Lake Boathouse and Marina before the event begins.