On a damp and chilly day in October 2009, members of Georgia Highlands College’s environmental club, Green Highlands, took to the wetlands with clippers, waders, wood, hammers and nails. They were mending the 1,200-foot long boardwalk that allows visitors to observe the flora and fauna in this marshy environment. They clipped the brush away from the boardwalk for better viewing, and in doing so, uncovered evidence of beaver activity, including dams and stumps left when the industrious animals felled small trees for their living accommodations.
Also participating in the project were a number of GHC faculty and staff, as well as members of Phi Theta Kappa, the honorary society of two-year colleges. PTK was hosting a regional meeting of the group, and member organizations from Georgia and surrounding states also joined the effort of replacing flooring and lattice and handrails and clearing brush. After several hours in the damp autumn weather, the chilly workers were treated to a cookout in the outdoor pavilion by Paris Lake.