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Air Station NREAO celebrates Earth Day

By Cpl. K. A. Thompson | | May 6, 2005

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When music, art and food take over the streets of downtown Beaufort Saturday afternoon the Air Station Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs Office will be adding to the festivities by celebrating Earth Day.

Earth Day events will be held in conjunction with the Taste of Beaufort festival. Earth Day activities will take place from noon to 5 p.m. in the farmers market located by the Marina at the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park.

“Earth Day is April 22, but this is as close to that day and the Annual Taste of Beaufort,” said Joseph D. Taber coordinator Comprehensive Environmental Training and Education Program, Marine Corps Air Station, Beaufort.

The NREAO display at the Earth Day celebration is part of the Air Station’s Environmental Public Outreach Program, which is provides information about MCAS environmental programs, policies, and projects to the surrounding communities of Beaufort and Beaufort County, according to Taber.

“Some information is provided through the distribution of materials at community events such as Earth Day, base tours and fairs,” Taber said. “While some information is provided through members of the Air Station’s active participation in community organizations and outreach programs. The target population for the Environmental Public Outreach Program is 103,019.”

Visitors to the NREAO booth can expect to find photo displays of MCAS activities and programs with an emphasis on the environment.  The NREAO display will be set up to illustrate the Air Station’s efforts and programs to enhance and protect the environment aboard Fightertown, and to send the message that Marines are one with the environment, according to Taber.

“We want everyone at MCAS and the surrounding community to be environmentally aware and become good stewards of our environment,” Taber said.

Members of the NREAO team will be present to answer questions and to cover topics such as recycling, proper disposal of household hazardous materials and waste, ground water protection, water quality, protection of endangered species and protected species, according to Taber.

“Anyone on or around the Air Station, young and old, that wishes to show support, obtain information or wants to learn about our environment and just have a plain good time (is encouraged to attend)” Taber said.

More than just facts and information will be available at Saturday’s display, according to Taber.

“We will be giving away household hazardous property management wheels, colorful bookmarks of endangered and threatened species in our area, activity books on recycling for children and some posters,” Taber said. “We will be there ready to answer questions about NREAO, our programs and our environment.”
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