Residents of Storm Lake and Buena Vista County will again have a clear path to walk at Little Storm Lake. Leland Staton, rural Alta, has been working on cleaning up the trail as part of his project to receive his Eagle Scout badge.
Staton, 17, is a member of Troop 104 of the Thundercloud Council. He is a senior at Storm Lake High School. Staton has been involved in Scouting since the first grade.
The work on his Eagle project began earlier in the summer. He decided on cleaning up the Little Storm Lake trail because of its recreational and educational use.
"I just thought it would be useful to Storm Lake, especially for Storm Lake science classes," Staton said. "County conservationist Lisa Meusburger brings kids out here for a nature hikes every spring."
Over the past week Staton, along with fellow troop members and some Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts, worked on removing garbage and litter from the trail. Staton said they removed eight bags of garbage from the trail, ranging from paper cups to bags of trash people have thrown there. They have also worked on cleaning up the overgrown areas.
"We cleared out the overgrown areas so people could walk through. We cut back and mowed back so you can see where the trail is again," Staton said.
On Monday they added wood chips to the path to keep poison ivy and other vegetation from growing over the trail.
Staton said the project will take between 40 and 60 hours to complete. The project should be completed by the end of next week, he said.
"It feels good to be doing something and finishing it up," Staton said. "It's nice to give back to the community."