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Green PLACE Eagle Scout project benefits Lake Lucie Preserve

As a project manager at Orange County Government's Capital Projects, Roan Waterbury knew an Eagle Scout volunteer project could greatly benefit local residents and would be a way for his sons, Thomas and Ryan, to give back to their community. He contacted Beth Jackson, Environmental Program Supervisor for EPD's Green PLACE (Park Land Acquisition for Conservation and Environmental Protection) and she had the perfect project in mind.

Green PLACE is a County initiative to preserve, enhance and restore environmentally sensitive lands. "Our plan is to open the Lake Lucie Conservation Area for public access and enjoyment and we needed to install picnic areas, benches and horse hitching posts," Jackson said. The brothers, Thomas and Ryan Waterbury, successfully completed their projects and were awarded the rank of Eagle Scout on April 12, 2018, and May 24, 2018, respectively.

According to Jackson, Thomas and Ryan, who were both 17 when they completed their projects, did a fantastic job putting together project plans and getting their teams in place to complete the tasks. The Waterbury brothers said the project allowed them to give back to the community they call home. "I was thankful there was work to be done and that I could assist in making this conservation area a nice place for residents to visit," Thomas said. "Over the years in scouting you learn about different outdoor activities and becoming part of something bigger than yourself. This project was a culmination of that." Ryan shared those sentiments. "The fact I was able to help essentially make a trail was amazing," he said. "It's a great relief and an honor that I can be an example of what scouting can and should be."