Monday, February 22, 2010

Scouts improve wetland buffer

Boy Scouts from Troop 677 working under the direction of future Eagle Scout Alec B. have improved a wetland buffer. This sensitive area is located west of the new Train Shed exhibit building. The project was required as part of the approval conditions for the Train Shed and is designed to mitigate the ladder track's buffer encroachment. The scope of work turned out to be just right for an Eagle Scout project.

Troop 677 in based in Sammamish and is directed by Scoutmast Allan G. There are at present 47 Scouts in the troup and they have produced an impressive 45 Eagle Scouts since their founding in 1993. Eagle candidate Alec B. is 16 years old and successfully completed this important project.

The buffer enhancement project was completed two weeks ago. It involved 37 Scouts and a total contribution of 191 hours and 45 minutes. They removed invasive species, did some minor grading, spread composted soil, and planted 175 shrubs and trees.

The Museum's wetland ecologist Scott L. volunteered his time to provide technical support and assitance for this one day project. Scott is with Environ and completed the reports required for the Train Shed's National Environmental Policy Act ("NEPA") review, State Environmental Policy Act ("SEPA") review, and the Snoqualmie Sensitive Areas Review.

Special thanks to Clayton L. and his North Fork Enterprises for sending Rick over to strip part of the site with a backhoe.

As you can see, building a railway museum in the 21st Century involves far more than a building and some track!

1 comment:

e Michael said...

We thought the "little ones" visiting your rail museum blog might enjoy this clip.

It is about a Little Cable Car finding his way in a Big Cable Car world, delightfully set in 1890 San Francisco.


Erik M. Nelson