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Dunwoody Nature Center to Restore Meadow

A U.S. Fish and Wildlife grant helped provide the bulk of the funds to restore the meadow - the centerpiece of the Nature Center.

The Dunwoody Nature Center won a U.S. Fish and Wildlife grant to restore the meadow behind the learning center on the property, according to officials.

The federal grant is worth nearly $20,000 and combined with local money raises creates a $30,000 pool to regrade and restore the meadow.

The plain is to build a a tiered rain-garden system to collect stormwater runoff while incorporating plants and rocks in the meadow for the natural filtration of pollution and sediment.

The meadow is the heart of the Dunwoody Nature Center, and is used for frequent concerts, an annual Butterfly Festival, and educational field trips for schools and Girl and Boy Scouts.

The creek is currently suffering from erosion as water runs into the Nature Center's meadow and off to Wildcat Creek, a tributary of the Chattahooche River. Pollution and sediment have taken their toll in this area, according to nature center officials.

Community contributors to the Nature Center for the project include,  the City of Dunwoody, the Doosan Infracore, Dunwoody High School, Boy Scout Troop 494, Hands on Atlanta, the Rotary Club of Dunwoody, the Sustainability Commission, the Dunwoody Woman’s Club, Design Seven, Lowe Engineering, and the DeKalb County Master Gardeners.

Groundbreaking for the project is planned immediately following the annual Butterfly Festival on August 18th.

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