Neighbors clean up in Lauderdale

Lauderdale Earth Day cleanup volunteers included, from left, Kathy Backberg, Mary Hamel, Lauderdale council members Andi Moffatt and Kelly Dolphin, Stephan Kistler, David Secker and daughter, Karen Kistler and the Djingga family. A number of volunteers left before the photo was taken by Julie Drennen of Conservation Minnesota.

More than a dozen people joined forces in Lauderdale on April 22 to celebrate Earth Day and help clean Lauderdale’s nature preserve south of Larpenteur Avenue.

“It was a really nice event,” said Mary Hamel, the organizer of the event. “Half of what we picked up we were able to recycle.”

The cleanup is the first of what many of the participants hope will become an ongoing environmental stewardship in the Lauderdale-Falcon Heights-St. Paul area, said Hamel. They hope to include erradicating invasive species, cleaning up graffiti and anything else the group identifies, she said.

Treats were provided by the Good Acre and Hamden Park Food Co-op.

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