On Feb. 21, members of the Preservation Society for Spring Creek Forest and the North Texas Master Naturalist program partnered with the City of Garland’s Fire and Parks & Recreation departments to dismantle and remove the shell of an abandoned SUV from the Spring Creek Forest Preserve. The rusted frame lay there rolled over on its roof, engineless and tireless, an eyesore to the forest and providing no benefit to the habitat.
Garland firefighters used the “jaws of life” to cut the car into pieces, then teams of volunteers carried the parts out of the woods. Parks & Recreation staff also were on hand with a vehicle to load and haul the rusted pieces to the recycler. The unique conservation activity was a great opportunity for volunteers to experience this old-growth forest and its beautiful and diverse ecosystem, which includes the first flowers of spring—trout lilies—now in bloom.
Thanks to this team of City employees and community volunteers, the rusty SUV was removed in less than two hours, and a beautiful new glade has opened in the forest.