Nearly 50 volunteers, including military veterans, provided
the muscle power and sweat today to help rebuild lodge pole fencing that was destroyedby a wildfire in
April at Santee's Mast Park West.
The San Diego River Park Foundation organized the service
project as a local contribution to the Sept. 11 National Day of Service and
Remembrance, which was observed by tens of thousands of volunteers nationwide.
heat and high humidity as theyextracted
charred fence posts from the ground and replaced them. About 300 feet of fencing was destroyed or
damaged in the wildfire. Despite the hard, gritty work, the volunteers had no
trouble smiling for our camera.
About half of the volunteers were from The Mission
Continues, anonprofit group that
recruits active dutyand retired
military veterans for community service projects.
“Our mission is to engage in the community and make a
significant impact,” said Al Lejarde, a volunteer platoon leader with the
The volunteers from The Mission Continues included active
duty sailors from the USS Boxer and residents of Veterans Village of San Diego,
a nonprofit group that helps homeless veterans.
The wooden fencing at Mast Park Westhelps protect sensitive wildlife habitat
along the river just east of the Carlton Oaks Golf Course.