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Posted on: January 21, 2020

YMSL Honored For Hamilton Greenbelt Clean-Up Project

Volunteers with YMSL creating a line to help remove dead trees and brush from Hamilton Greenbelt

At Tuesday night’s City Council meeting (January 21, 2020), the Young Men’s Service League (YMSL) Cavalier’s Chapter was honored with a proclamation from the Mayor announcing Tuesday, January 21, 2020 as "Young Men’s Service League Cavalier’s Chapter Day." The proclamation came about from the group’s volunteer efforts to help clean up downed and dead tree limbs and brush from Hamilton Greenbelt. The group of young men ages 14 to 18, along with their mothers spent four days with Lake Travis Fire Rescue and the City Forester in late 2019 to remove seventeen tons of logs and dead brush in an effort to reduce the fuel load in the greenbelt, and help prevent the spread of wildfires. The project was part of the group’s "Ultimate Gift." 

YMSL is a non-profit organization that initiates and encourages young men and their mothers to pursue philanthropic involvement in their community and provides an opportunity to enhance mother/son relationships. The group has 201 mothers and sons serving 26 different philanthropies. Their young men hold a variety of leadership positions and learn life skills.   

The wildfire mitigation project will still continue in the Hamilton Greenbelt. While this project moves on, the work residents can do to prepare your home and family for a wildfire is just as important. According to the City Forester, winter is a great time to prepare well in advance for wildfire. Some advice includes pruning trees 10 feet up from the base of the trunk, raking leaves around the property and making sure firewood and other burnable items are stored at least 30 feet from your home. There is other valuable information and tips available at www.traviscountytx.gov/fire-marshal/prevention/wildfire-preparedness. Lake Travis Fire Rescue also offers free home risk assessments. Email wildfire@ltfr.org for more information.  

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