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Marines enjoy their day out as Lance Cpl. Dezmond Newton, Pfc. Angie Chavezramirez and Pfc. Patrick Dykes lead their fellow Marines down Fuller Rd. collecting trash and recycle for the Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs volunteer clean up event.

Photo by Jeremy Beale

Marines beautify Quantico during Earth Day events

3 May 2017 | Jeremey Beale/Staff Writer Marine Corps Base Quantico

Marine Corps Base Quantico joined more than 200 million people across 195 countries in protecting the environment by holding activities in observance of Earth Day, which is on April 22 each year.  In honor of the 47th anniversary of Earth Day more than 100 Marine volunteers participated in shoreline clean up, trail beautification and an Earth Day education fair and barbecue  April 19-21.

Headquarters and Service Battalion (H&S Bn), Security Battalion, Manpower & Reserve Affairs (M&RA), the Single Marine Program (SMP) and other commands around base joined the Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs Department (NREA) for a base-wide clean up.

“The clean up events improve Quantico’s environment and provide an opportunity to educate Marines, sailors, civilians and their families on our natural resources and our responsibility to protect those resources,” Maj. John Crutchfield, event organizer said. “This event encourages Marines on Quantico to get outdoors and enjoy the vast amount of natural areas and activities that Quantico has to offer—particularly the trail work project. “

According to Crutchfield, it also encourages and brings awareness to the Conservation Volunteer Program and SMP volunteer opportunities around base.

Marines hiked approximately 15 miles around base picking up trash and litter from the Potomac River shoreline, Fuller, Purvis and Russell Roads, as well as the hiking trails around base.

“These Marines were a true blessing this week,” Marilisa Porter, recycling manager at the Marine Corps Base Quantico Recycling Facility said. “There is no way with the number of hands that we have at the recycling facility that we would have been able to clean a lot of this effectively.”

Porter hopes this opportunity will inspire Marines and civilians to volunteer for future opportunities to get outdoors and contribute to conservation projects and beautify the base so that all might enjoy Quantico’s natural areas.

All the events culminated with the Marine Corps Community Service and SMP Earth Day education fair at Barnett Field.  This event was intended to set goals for the base community as well as provide them with information regarding reuse, recycling, natural resources, wildlife, energy management and conservation.

The fair featured the Conservation Volunteer Program, Quantico Fire Department, Prince William Forest Park, Outdoor Adventures and many more.

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