Photo: Air Force
“A team of Air Force volunteers and soil conservationists has completed a project to beautify five acres at the intersection of State Road 85 and the Spence Parkway in Niceville. The project included transferring 224 cubic yards of top-soil from a pond restoration project on Eglin Air Force Base to the site, adding fertilizer and mulch, planting Florida nativewildflower seeds, and planting 565 longleaf pine seedlings and 57 saw palmettos…

A key component to the project’s approval was finding an entity willing to take over upkeep of the land. The city of Niceville agreed to take on the task…the project area, which, like the rest of the Spence Parkway right of way, is built on Air Force land. A grant from National PublicLands Day, a part of the National Environment Education Foundation, funded $5,808 of the project. An in-kind donation from Eglin AirForce Base of $2,121 covered the remaining cost, bringing the total reported price tag to $7,930.

— Jacob Fuller, Bay Beacon
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