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Youth-led volunteers clean up historic Boom Site


Summer Youth Corps crew member Mason Anderson and Andersen Corporation employee Patti Savage bagged invasive plants removed from the Boom Site. 

Summer Youth Corps crew member Mason Anderson and Andersen Corporation employee Patti Savage bagged invasive plants removed from the Boom Site. 

In late July, two youth crews kicked off the first week of their month-long Summer Youth Corps session by leading over 100 volunteers in cleaning up the historic St. Croix Boom Site near Stillwater. During two half-day events, volunteers from Andersen Corporation and the community raked the beach to remove trash and broken glass, scrubbed cave walls of graffiti, weeded parking lots and a historical marker and cleared invasive species from beautiful overlooks. Volunteers were highly impressed with the maturity, hard work and competence of Conservation Corps youth. “The St. Croix cleanup event was educational and rewarding,” said volunteer Jan Johnson. “I enjoyed interacting with the youth crews who were particularly engaging and knowledgeable. I learned a lot while getting a good sweat.”

We thank everyone for their time and hard work to make the site more accessible and enjoyable for visitors. This event was made possible by the Fred C. and Katherine B. Andersen Foundation and the Andersen Corporate Foundation. REI provided promotional support and t-shirts for all the volunteers.

Check out photos from the Andersen Corporation and community volunteer cleanups.