Corporate Volunteers Help Restore Native Grasses at Sweetwater Creek


Wild and scenic Sweetwater Creek State Park is looking a little more native these days, in part due to the efforts by park officials and two local companies teaming up to help restore native grasses onto the park’s rolling hilltops. At two separate events, volunteers from Federal Home Loan Bank and Alcoa’s Building & Construction Systems (BCS) business, which included employees from the Kawneer Service Center in Austell and the BCS/Kawneer headquarters location in Norcross, gathered at Sweetwater to volunteer, have a picnic and tour the historic New Manchester Mill ruins.

The native grass program, started this spring by gathering and planting native grass seeds found at Sprewell Bluff State Park in the hills above the Flint River, is designed to help restore and replenish grasslands that support native species of birds, insects, mammals and reptiles. Sweetwater Creek State Park, the birthplace of the Georgia Conservancy, has miles of creekside trails and beautiful hills that will be positively impacted by this work.

For the two companies – Federal Home Loan Bank and Alcoa – this was not their first time helping to support the mission of the Georgia Conservancy. Federal Home Loan Bank provides fantastic in-kind printing service for the Georgia Conservancy on 100% recycled paper, and Kawneer is a major funder for the most recent Blueprints for Successful Communities project in Lithonia.

Kudos to both groups! The next time you take a trip to Sweetwater Creek State Park, think of Federal Home Loan Bank and Kawneer!