YPAO BEACH, Guam—Marine Corps Activity Guam Environmental team partnered with the government of Guam partners on Saturday for the Guam Nature Alliance Earth Month Kick-off at Gov. Joseph Flores Beach Park, at Ypao Beach in Tumon.
The MCAG Environmental team partnered with the Bureau of Statistics and Plans and the Guam Department of Agriculture Forestry and Soil Resources Division with information and displays as well as live plants to educate the community about their conservation as well as the effects of invasive species on native wildlife.
MCAG Environmental and the other Government of Guam agencies spoke about ongoing and future environmental projects, many of which are associated with the relocation of Marines to Guam. Such projects include the forest enhancement project and native plant nursery near Finegayan, where there are increased opportunities to establish partnerships with academic institutions, non-profits and government agencies.
“Guam’s remaining limestone forests continue to be degraded by invasive plants and animals,” said Adrienne Loerzel, MCAG Forest Enhancement Manager. “The forest enhancement project gives us a unique opportunity to restore this special habitat, and develop tools that other resource managers can use.”
Education is essential to the objectives of both federal and local teams to preserve and restore the island’s eco-systems. The event served as an opportunity to introduce the community to different environmental programs, encouraging active participation in the process, to better understand and protect Guam’s environment. (PR)