Eagle Scout Project - Upgrades

Posted:2/6/2013 Cerro Gordo / Shellrock River Greenbelt and Preserve

The first Eagle Scout project initiated and completed under the guidance of Colin Hubbard featured; Buckthorn removal and fire rings/pits installation.  The buckthorn removal project was completed at Lime Creek Conservation Area (LCCA) Old Stage Run primitive campsite.  The removal area was concentrated around the designated tent sites.  The removal process consisted of cutting and/or pulling of the buckthorn seedlings.  The fire rings/pits installation was completed at the two LCCA primitive campsites and at the Shell Rock River Preserve campground.  The installation consisted of removal of existing fire rings/pits, excavating the sites to create gravel pads and pits, installing new fire rings/pits and backfilling fire rings and area with gravel.  The two fire rings at LCCA are ADA approved units with attached grills.  While the two fire pits at the Preserve are recycled truck wheel rims for camp fires and open fire cooking.   The second Eagle Scout project was initiated and completed under the guidance of Avery Hubbard.  This project featured; Installation of fire rings and construction of nesting boxes.  The installation of fire rings were completed at the LCCA picnic area east of the Nature Center, LCCA open shelter area north of the parking lot, and Wilkinson Park  enclosed shelter east side of the building.  The installation of the fire rings consisted of establishing a new site at each area, excavating sites to create gravel pads and pits, installing new fire rings and backfilling fire rings and area with gravel.  The three fire rings were all ADA approved units with attached grills.  The remaining component consisted of building 18 Blue-bird nesting boxes.  The building of the nesting boxes included layout of measurements, cutting materials and assembly of the boxes.  The boxes will be distributed throughout CGCCB areas and installed or used to replace existing boxes.   These two cooperative Boy Scout Eagle projects involved many hours (100+ hrs per project) of volunteer contributions from the Boy Scout Troop along with staff assistance and purchasing of the materials from the Conservation Board.  The completed projects have provided significant improvements to the areas listed above.  The Cerro Gordo County Conservation Board greatly appreciates and acknowledges the recent partnership with Troop #12 of the Boy Scouts of America, located in Mason City.  Thanks to all involved, especially the Eagle Scout Candidates, Colin & Avery Hubbard of Mason City, their families and their volunteers.