Monday, June 7, 2010

Team Workdays at the CMA

The Great Swamp Watershed Association greatly appreciates the help of corporations and other businesses whose volunteers have assisted in the removal of invasive species, the construction of trails, and the planting of native species at our Conservation Management Area (CMA). Not only is this an effective way to improve the watershed and volunteer time to a great cause, but it also provides a team building experience between the workers, and it's a fun way to spend the day!

Last spring and summer, over 200 employees from Pfizer, Ethicon, Verizon, Goldman Sachs, Mars, and Eisner pitched in at the CMA to help clear invasive plants, replant native plant species, erect fencing, build boardwalks and mulch the trail system. This spring/summer, nearly 300 employees from Goldman Sachs, Pfizer, Ethicon and Royal Bank of Canada, through 15 corporate workdays (so far!), have signed up to volunteer their time and energy through their employer community give-back programs.

GSWA’s primary goal for the CMA is to restore the property to a diverse ecologically functioning state. Restoration projects undertaken to date have included 15+ acres of invasive plant species control, installation of 23 acres of deer exclosure fencing, enhancement of vernal pool habitat, stream bank stabilization and replenishment, and the replanting of over 2,000 native shrubs and 4,500 live stakes. GSWA wishes to thank all of those hard-working corporate employees who rolled up their sleeves during team workdays to help us move closer to our restoration goals. To learn more about the CMA and the work being done there, visit

If you work for a business or organization that might be interested in volunteering with us, please contact Hazel England, Director of Education and Outreach at