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Bluebird Houses

Thanks to Taylor Bowlin, and his father James for  providing new habitat houses for bluebirds.  Taylor’s Eagle Scout project is finished and  Keep The Rez Beautiful (KRB) is excited to announce that 12 new bluebird habitat houses have been installed around the 12 mile walking/jogging loop on the Rankin County side of the Reservoir. .  The trail begins and ends  at the  KRB/PRVWSD Turtle Point Nature Area on Scenic Drive.  As you walk, jog or bike, check out the new bluebird boxes.  Special thanks to Taylor and James for all their hard work!  Special funding was provided by Keep America Beautiful and Lowe’s.   Keep The Rez Beautiful welcomes other volunteer projects.  Please contact us for more information.

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New Dog Waste Station

The first dog waste station to be installed around the Ross Barnett Reservoir area is located at the Turtle Point Nature Area on Spillway Road between Northshore Parkway and Highway 471. Visit the nature area soon… KRB has been working on the nature area since 2012 to plant trees, a pollinator garden and more! Thanks to other grant funding, PRVWSD added a new kayak launch and walking trail. New benches are being added soon and are being furnished by a Leadership Rankin Team! Thanks to the PRVWSD and the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, more stations are being installed along the 12 mile walking/jogging trail and in other locations. Please help KRB and others to keep the Reservoir clean by utilizing these new stations! It’s a best management practice supporting water quality.

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PATAGONIA AND OTHER KEY PARTNERS PROVIDE SUPPORT FOR RESERVOIR CLEAN & GREEN WATER QUALITY INITIATIVE!

Thanks to Patagonia and our local Buffalo Peak Outfitters, Keep The Rez Beautiful (KRB) recently supplied the first dog-waste stations for Ross Barnett Reservoir campgrounds and the Turtle Point Nature Area and other parks, including a future dog park, located around the  Reservoir to help reduce nonpoint source pollution.  Funding also provided the installation of new native plants and trees to improve existing and  to create new pollinator gardens.  These “Best Management Practices,” will help improve water quality and will increase pollinators that are in decline nationwide.  Volunteers from Whole Foods, Inc., Lowe’s Heroes, Pearl River Valley Water Supply District maintenance employees, local schools and KRB  Board members all assisted in the projects.  The initiative has served as a catalyst for other partnerships in the effort, including Keep America Beautiful, Lowe’s, MS Department of Environmental Quality and Keep Mississippi Beautiful, allowing the purchasing of more dog waste stations and  plants. Over 1,500  hours of volunteer time was donated in 2015 for volunteer efforts.

Construction of the Outdoor Educational Pavilion

Poles are being set today by Lowes Heroes, PRVWSD employees and a few good volunteers from Forest Point!  Tomorrow, the construction crew will be building the outdoor educational pavilion.  Keep the Rez Beautiful is working on five projects with Lowes and Keep America Beautiful.

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Check out new landscaping at Lakeshore Park too. Beautiful pollinator gardens at work!!!

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Let’s celebrate Keep America Beautiful’s National Planting Day

Tomorrow, Sept. 12 is National Planting Day!  Whole Foods, Inc, Highland Village is hosting a day for children to celebrate in the courtyard from 9:30 a.m. till 12:30 p.m.  KRB pollinator coloring sheets will be available for the children to color and Whole Foods will display them in their store. Come join the fun!

Several of Whole Foods, Inc. employees joined us last week at the Turtle Point Nature Area Pollinator/Sensory Garden, and we jump started our National Planting Day!  We cleaned up the garden, planted pollinators and mulched until it is bee-utiful.