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August 28, 2012 > Eagle Scout project completed

Eagle Scout project completed

Submitted By City of Union City

On August 3, Ryan Cooper from Boy Scouts of America Troop 273 and his crew of volunteers completed his Eagle Scout project with the City of Union City Public Works. Ryan built a tree nursery for the city, this new setup for staging and watering the plants for future City plantings has a good design and efficient arrangement. Ryan and his fellow scouts learned how to lay in landscape fabric and recycled base rock to handle drainage and prevent weeds. They also set posts in a straight line, attached cable, drip lines and emitters and hooked them into automatic irrigation valves and a controller. Ryan and his fellow scouts understand the importance of trees:

* Trees intercept rainwater aiding soil absorption for gradual release into streams, preventing flooding, filtering toxins and impurities, and extending water availability into dry months when it is most needed.

* Trees cleanse ground water as it filters through their root systems. Water from roots is drawn up to the leaves where it evaporates. The conversion from water to gas absorbs huge amounts of heat, cooling hot city air.

* Trees help offset the "heat island" effect resulting from too much glass and concrete. A one-degree rise in temperature equals a 2% increase in peak electricity consumption.

The Boy Scouts of America are one of our main driving forces for planting trees in Union City. Most of our Eagle Scout projects are dedicated to planting trees in neighborhood parks and along boulevards and roadsides. These young men have become stewards in our urban forest and we owe them and their parents a lot of appreciation.

Alex Quintero and Matt Bauchou from U.C. Public Works assisted Ryan with this project.

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