National Guard and city of Lubbock clean up environment - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

National Guard teams up with city of Lubbock to guard the environment

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By Emily Black

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD)- They sign up to protect our country on the home front, but on Saturday local National Guard recruits teamed up with members of the City of Lubbock Parks and Recreation Department to 'Guard the Environment' as part of a national project to protect and preserve land in communities.

"We live in the community. We serve in the community and it is a great opportunity for us to come out and to give these recruits an opportunity to work and to help clean up in their own backyards," explained Sergeant First Class Ronald Von Theumer with the National Guard. 

More than 20 recruits grabbed rakes and got to work clearing the shore line near the Canyon Lakes. Volunteers made progress at Llano Estacado Lake and in just one short hour recruits filled a dumpster with cattails.

"The cattails have a tendency to hold all the trash that of course in West Texas things blow all around and causes the trash to get locked in there," said Von Theumer.

Along with trimming the brush around the lake, other recruits grabbed trash bags and picked up debris scattered in the masses of cattails along the waters edge. The two local groups spent more than four hours guarding the environment and managed to clear out the weeds showing a more beautiful scene.

This was the first year for 'Guard the Environment' and organizers hope to do it again next year.

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