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Valerie Eastland./USFWS photo by Larry Dean
Valerie Eastland. USFWS photo by Larry Dean.

Just a Walk in the Park

A before... USFWS photo by Valerie Eastland
A before... USFWS photo by Valerie Eastland.

For some people, going the extra mile to make a difference is just a walk in the park. For Regional Payroll Coordinator Valerie Eastland, you can take that literally.

During break time, Eastland and Deanne Endrizzi from the Migratory Birds office, often go for a walk on the trail winding through the park between some natural and man-made ponds in an area between the office buildings at the Regional Office, in Bloomington, Minn. 

“For the last three years since I've worked at this building, I've noticed all of the trash that washed up on the far end of one of the natural ponds.  It is such a pretty spot except for all that trash. It bugged me. I felt like I needed to do something about it,” Eastland said.

She thought about trying to get a group together to do the cleanup, but time was running out before the tall grass and weeds would interfere, so she decided to take on the clean-up project herself.  She got some trash bags and cleaned up the area on her own one day after work in early May. 

“Most of the trash was plastic bottles and Styrofoam. I didn't have time to clean up everything, but it looks so much better”, Eastland said.

Assistant Regional Director for Budget and Administration Chris Jensen said, “Valerie is yet another example of the conscientious people we have who care deeply and just go out and get things done, often without a whole lot of fanfare. By taking this project on herself, everyone in our building complex enjoying the hiking trail can see the beauty there, and not be bothered by any lack of maintenance. She should know it is appreciated.”

...and after look of the hiking trail area.USFWS photo by Valerie Eastland
...and after look of the hiking trail area.USFWS photo by Valerie Eastland.

A 31-year federal worker, 13 of those years with the Fish and Wildlife Service, Eastland added, “It’s just a small area. I know I can’t clean up the whole world, but I’m glad I could do my part to clean up a little piece of it.”

By Larry Dean

 

 

Last updated: June 12, 2014