Local wild land crew bosses help out land labSubmitted Article
Efforts to enhance the Douglas High School land lab continue with the recent donation of time, labor and equipment by Arizona State Forestry, Douglas Wild Land fire crew bosses, Jack Upchurch and Eric Huddleston and Douglas Department of Corrections Wild Land crew bosses, Gilbert Pizano and Oscar Badilla.
With the approval of DHS and DUSD Administration and the generous commitment from DOC Warden, Anthony Baca, the crew came to the DHS Land Lab site and in a matter of two hours recycled several huge piles of dead trees and brush into mulch to be used on gardens being grown by the DHS Ag., Science, Culinary and Bulldog 4-H Club Gardens.
Land Lab coordinators and volunteers, Vicky Merritt, Alfred Novoa, Ron Shelton, Ginger Vaughn, Kelly and Mackenzie Kimbro and DHS culinary teacher Maggie Schmidt had cut and stacked approximately 40 dead trees and had been in search of a business or agency that had a wood chipping/mulching machine and would donate their time and equipment to the effort of mulching the trees and brush that would have otherwise been hauled from the site and not been turned into a product that could be utilized by the project for mulch and composting materials.
The end result in this collaboration is three huge piles of wood chips/mulch/composting materials that would have otherwise cost the Land Lab hundreds of dollars.
On behalf of the Land Lab Project, organizers would like to thank Warden Baca and the crew for their time and efforts to a good cause.