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November 18, 2009 > New Eagle Scout

New Eagle Scout

Submitted By Nelson Kirk
Photos By courtesy of Ryan Foo

Fremont resident Ryan Foo, Boy Scouts of America Troop #103, recently completed his Eagle Scout project in Union City.

Foo approached Nelson Kirk, Grounds Supervisor, Union City Public Works, and agreed on a water conservation/bay friendly landscape project to qualify as an Eagle Scout. The project took five months to plan, revise and refine under the mentorship of Union City Public Works staff Ken Furman, who advised on design, and Thomas Lara before he was allowed to start work.

A crew of 34 completed the work in five hours. They removed an old lawn and replaced lawn sprinklers with a drip-irrigation system which uses far less water than sprinklers. The volunteers planted 30 drought-tolerant and low-maintenance trees in three rows on the corner of Dyer Road and Union City Boulevard. - the tallest at the back and the shortest, in front.

There are 10 different varieties of trees which will mature into a triple canopy and could live for 150 years. The drip-irrigation lines and low-gallon emitters water the trees automatically on a timed, irrigation control clock.

Foo's team spread 50 cubic yards of mulch to help conserve soil moisture and improve the soil's organic content. The center section of the site was kept open to receive future wood chips from Union City's urban forestry operations.

The new Eagle Scout is 16 1/2 years old and attends Mission San Jose High School. His immediate ambition is to study at one of the University of California campuses. He is undecided on his major but would like to minor in music and hopes to pursue a music-related career.

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