Come to Fayette’s Earth Day

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Spring has arrived and, once again, Fayette County will be celebrating Earth Day. This year the gathering will be on Saturday, April 27.

The Earth Day Committee is looking for volunteers and additional groups that would like to display or demonstrate your products or projects that relate to caring for the world around us.

If you are interested, visit our website at: www.fayettecoearthday.org.

Each year, our event presents a wide range of information that is always interesting and informative. Fayette County may not have a Grand Canyon nor Grand Teton Mountains, but we have an amazing array of natural resources that are available to everyone. We’ll help you find it.

Not far from you there are patches of Carolina spider lilies or Atamosco lilies; moccasin-flower or ladies’-tresses orchids, one of the largest flowering dogwood trees in the state of Georgia or one of several species of towering oak trees 140-feet high, and many other natural resources too numerous to list.

There are numerous groups and organizations that are caring for our resources. They will show you how to grow almost everything, make compost and even how to take care of honey bees. Many have information available about how you can become involved or what you can do as an individual to help protect the environment around you.

Fayette County has a comprehensive plan in place with the intent of making sure our children will have these same resources available to them in the future. The overall plan is designed to encourage needed development in harmony with preserving those values that brought us here.

Basically, it is our plan to protect our environment. There will be information tables where the various city and county government offices will show you what programs are in place to implement that plan.

Again this year, we will have some of this year’s best science fair projects. Our students will amaze you with their scientific talents and you are encouraged to vote for the best of the best among those on display.

So come join us at Shakerag Knoll in Peachtree City for Earth Day 2013. Become a volunteer or, if you have a product that is earth-friendly, sign up for booth space and help Fayette County continue as a leader in taking care of the world around us.

[Dennis Chase, now retired, was a fish and wildlife biologist with the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service for more than 26 years. Since retiring, he has worked as a consultant for Fayette County on environmental concerns, is a volunteer with the Line Creek Association of Fayette County, and has published numerous newspaper columns.]