By MICHAEL KITCH, LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — The city celebrated Earth Day at the transfer station, where the Conservation Commission, Department of Public Works, Waste Management Inc. and the community have partnered to foster a natural environment that not only earned certification from the National Wildlife Habitat Council.
This year, Girl Scouts and Brownies, Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts spent the day removing invasive species and replacing them with trees shrubs and flowers that provide shelter and sustenance for diverse birds, animals and insects. There are homes for bluebirds and bats and even bees, the hardworking pollinators who bring life and color to other species.
Many of the Scouts went home with cherry tomato plants, rooted in pots fashioned from newspapers and filled with compost brewed by Al St. Cyr, who manages the transfer station for Waste Mangement Inc.
Since the program began several years ago the transfer station has become a popular spot for all sorts of critters. Bluebirds next in a row specially designed homes. A turtle has taken up residence alongside fish in the pond. Deer are regular visitors while bobcats are rare ones.
With abandoned landfills reclaimed as green fields amidst budding bushes and flowering stems, the transfer station, once a dump has become a garden — an ideal spot to celebrate Earth Day.
Children and adolescents from around the community joined employees of the Department of Public Works, Planning Department and Waste Management as well as members of the Conservation Commission to celebrate Earth Day by clearing invasive species and planting native trees and shrubs at the Transfer Station, which has been recognized by the National Wildlife Habitat Council. (Courtesy photograph/ Laconia Department of Public Works).
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