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Natural Resources Manager seeks volunteers to support conservation program

By Nathan L. Hanks Jr. | Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany | October 7, 2015

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Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany personnel and their families can now assist in the preservation of wildlife aboard the installation through volunteering efforts, according to Base Order 11015.1, Conservation Volunteer Program.

The CVP provides policy and procedural guidance with regard to accepting and using the services of volunteers to accomplish various projects associated with the program.

Julie Robbins, natural resources manager, MCLB Albany, oversees the program.

“The Conservation Volunteer Program provides an opportunity for individuals interested in wildlife and outdoor recreation to contribute toward the management of these resources aboard the installation,” Robbins said. “With limited resources available, volunteers can make a big difference in completing and maintaining natural resources projects.” 

“There is a wide range of opportunities available and we make efforts to match projects to the skill, ability levels and interests of the people who volunteer,” she said. 

Al Belanger, game warden, MCLB Albany, said with the shortage of office staff, volunteers provide an opportunity to accomplish many more tasks.

“We have volunteers (who) have very little experience to those (who) are skilled carpenters,” Belanger said. “When you have individuals with this type of specialized skills, you get professional-grade work done.”

He said volunteers help save time and the government money.

Before beginning any project, Belanger said volunteers complete a brief interview process to identify their strengths and weaknesses, what they would like to do and then they receive the proper training.

“We are always seeking help and no one will be turned away,” Belanger said. “We have programs that everybody can participate in individually or as a family.”

Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Chorn, equipment specialist, Marine Corps Systems Command, recently spent his free time helping hang duck boxes aboard the base.

“It is important to me to volunteer for the CVP so I can do my part in keeping the wildlife safe,” Chorn said. “While helping (the natural resources manager and game warden) I have learned more about the wildlife we have on this base and how they live.”

Volunteers are needed for the following projects:

  • Archery Range: maintain range and organize shooting matches;
  • Fishing at Covella Pond: keep feeders full, watch water levels in the pond, trash pick-up and assist with Buddy Fishing Tournament scheduled in June 2016;
  • Operate heavy equipment: tractor, loader, dozer work and maintenance of equipment;
  • Hunting mentor (deer): assist new hunters in developing proper hunting skills and assist with workshops;
  • Hunting mentor (duck): help new hunters in developing proper hunting skills for harvesting waterfowl, construct blinds and maintain wood duck boxes;
  • Multi-use trails/firebreaks: develop multi-use trails and maintain boardwalk located near the Bosma Skeet Range and Recreational Pistol Range;
  • Nature Center: support with grounds and building maintenance at Building 9251B at the corner of Williams Boulevard and Crabb Avenue; and
  • Other projects include bluebird boxes, carpentry, surveys and maintaining the game warden’s work area.

For more information, call the natural resources manager at 229-639-9946.



 



































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