Crow’s Nest: JROTC cleanup at Warwick Woods

October 20, 2022

By Daniel Barringer, Preserve Manager.

Students posing with tools and trash they are cleaning up

Photo: Cody Hudgens

Cadets from the Owen J. Roberts Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Program (NJROTC) participated in a workday cleaning up demolition debris at Warwick Woods at Crow’s Nest. Major demolition of structures resulted in the removal of a majority of the material, but left lots of small pieces of trash that we figured we’d spend all winter cleaning up. (An attempt to start on this work with youth volunteers this summer was aborted when yellow jackets were found nesting among some of the debris.)

In a few hours the cadets were able to completely clean up three building sites of all surface debris–mainly boards with nails sticking out of them. You can imagine how happy we are to have this cleaned up and have less worry about flat tires on the tractor. The cadets were extremely hardworking and thorough and we’re grateful for their work.

There remain only a few other sites at the former campground to clean up and we will be working on them next during our monthly Wednesday volunteer days. Contact us if this effort appeals to you; it’s very satisfying to see the immediate results of your work!