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May 2, 2014

Volunteers rejuvenate environmental growth

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Timothy Young

Master Sgt. Dana Vaughan, 99th Civil Engineer Squadron environmental element NCO in charge, uses a leaf blower to clear leafs from a decorative rock area of the Maj. Gen. Billy McCoy Environmental Grove during a group cleanup event April 24 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Decomposing leafs can become a breeding ground for unwanted bugs.
 

U.S. Air Force photo by Lorenz Crespo

Ann Bedlion, 99th Civil Engineer Squadron natural resource manager, carries a garden hose to water newly planted trees during the Earth Day clean up at the Maj. Gen. Billy McCoy Environmental Grove April 24 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. 99th CES members and volunteers come to the environmental grove every Earth Day to clean up the park.
 

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Timothy Young

A monarch butterfly lands on a mesquite tree branch located in the Maj. Gen. Billy McCoy Environmental Grove during a group cleanup event April 24 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. In fall 1990, Maj. Gen. Billy McCoy, commander of what was then the U.S. Air Force Fighter Weapons Center, established a separate environmental office at Nellis Air Force Base with one goal in mind: “mission accomplishment through environmental excellence.”
 

U.S. Air Force photo by Lorenz Crespo

Linda McDonald, master gardener volunteer, cuts and tosses branches off from a mesquite tree during an Earth Day clean-up at the Maj. Gen. Billy McCoy Environmental Grove April 24 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The 99th Civil Engineering Squadron hosts an Earth Day clean up annually and is open to any volunteers who wish to participate.
 

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Timothy Young

Bill Filipowski, master gardener, waters a plant during a Maj. Gen. Billy McCoy Environmental Grove cleanup event April 24 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The grove was developed as a place for Airmen to go and relax.
 

U.S. Air Force photo by Lorenz Crespo

The Maj. Gen. Billy McCoy Environmental Grove is located on Ellsworth Avenue near the Nellis Air Force Base north gate and offers walking paths, picnic tables and barbecue pits for base members’ enjoyment. During the Earth Day cleanup volunteers pruned bushes, picked up fallen leaves and branches.
 

U.S. Air Force photo by Lorenz Crespo

A Cholla cactus also known as “jumping cactus” is in full bloom at the Maj. Gen. Billy McCoy Environmental Grove April 24 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The environmental grove has over a hundred desert trees and plants and serves as a reminder that Earth Day is more than a one-day event or annual environmental wake-up call.
 

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Timothy Young

Rick Bergstrand, 99th Civil Engineer Squadron hazardous waste compliance inspector, and his daughter Ashley Wood, bag up loose debris during a Maj. Gen. Billy McCoy Environmental Grove cleanup event April 24, 2014 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The grove cleanup was held on the same day as bring your child to work day.
 

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Timothy Young

A sparrow [bird] perches atop a mesquite tree branch located in the Maj. Gen. Billy McCoy Environmental Grove during a group cleanup event April 24 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The grove serves as not only an area for Airmen to relax, but as an area for wildlife as well.
 

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Timothy Young

Fred Zorbas, 99th Civil Engineer Squadron air quality manager, rakes up debris during a Maj. Gen. Billy McCoy Environmental Grove cleanup event April 24 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The grove is used as a reminder to Airmen to conserve the earth’s natural resources and stay environmentally conscious.




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