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150 Volunteers Clean Up Davis Bayou

150 volunteers arrived early Saturday morning at Davis Bayou on a mission. Even the tiniest hands picked up tools to help out the cause. 

Girl Scout Troop 404 from Ocean Springs passed the time singing while helping to spruce up the area around the Visitor's Center.

"So they can learn how to do good stuff for the environment and just to teach them to help out the community a little bit," Troop Leader Tracy Ladnier said.  

"Because other people come here and they think they're going to see something really good and they're going to see something better than good," Tina Ladnier said. 

In all, three scout troops participated in the cleanup along with the Boys and Girls Club, and several Ocean Springs families.

"We come to hike and play here and visit the visitor's center a lot and it's nice to help clean it up, take a little pride in what's growing here," Ocean Springs mom Joanne Ryan said.  

Nearly 800,000 people visit Davis Bayou each year. New plants going in around the visitor's center will all be native to Mississippi as a lesson to people passing through.

Work by Airmen from the Seabee Base will also add something new for visitors.

"Moving old trees that are dead, small debris and getting it prepared for wooden planks and bridges to be built out here," Airman Jonathan Castleberry said.  

As part of the National Parks America Tour, Davis Bayou received a $25,000 grant which will be used to extend a trail.

"That trail extension will extend from the campground to here to the visitor's center so visitors won't have to walk along the roadway and be able to enjoy the natural scenery as they walk along," Supervising Park Ranger Faye Walmsley said.

By Amanda Jones  

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