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MAG Receives EcoStar Award for National Public Lands Day Work

Posted on: October 25, 2012 08:00 EDT by MC2 Alexia Riveracorrea

The Volunteer Center for Anne Arundel County will present the EcoStar award to the Naval Academy's Midshipman Action Group Nov. 8 for their recent environmental work at Greenbury Point Nature Center.

The award recognizes those who help create more environmentally and economically sustainable communities in the local area.

The midshipmen will accept the award at the Volunteer Project Hall of Fame Celebration, which honors local volunteer projects deemed to have the greatest impact on Anne Arundel County and the City of Annapolis.

In honor of National Public Lands Day, 43 midshipmen helped clean the public gardens and trails at the nature center Oct. 14, removing trash, weeding, and cleaning the gravel inflow areas.

"Keeping our natural area free of trash makes it more enjoyable to use, protects the nearby waterways from having trash washed into them, and helps protect the wildlife from accidently eating unnatural products," said Colleen Ruhter, stormwater program manager in the Naval Academy's Public Works Department.

The mids upgraded the center's rain garden, which they helped build last year, and refurbished the handicapped-accessible hiking trail. They also helped clear the overgrown Pipsissewa Trail, clearing weeds, vines and fallen trees, and using fallen trees as well as lumber to establish trail edges, said Ruhter.

Established in 1992 as a community relations program organized and maintained by the Brigade of Midshipmen, MAG currently offers a variety of educational, environmental and social service volunteer projects. Coordinated with community partners from the Annapolis, Baltimore and Washington D.C. areas, as well as regional and national partners, MAG averages over 20,000 hours of community service annually.

MAG provides reliable, diligent and enthusiastic volunteers willing to offer their time, talent and energy. MAG also hopes to better prepare midshipmen for future service by encouraging peer leadership, teamwork, character development, morale, selflessness and goodwill towards others.

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