Teen Earns Eagle Scout Honor, Saves Taxpayers Thousands
A Louisa County Boy Scout saved taxpayers thousands of dollars over the course of two days by clearing away dozens of trees from Bowler's Mill Dam.
Thirteen-year-old Andrew Morris worked to preserve Bowler's Mill Dam, which protects fish and nearby roads and homes.
"My community just didn't have the manpower and resources to take down all the trees, it has been an issue for several years," Morris said.
So Morris decided to clear 15 miles along Bowler's Mill Dam himself. Most 13-year-olds would find that project overwhelming, but not this capable Boy Scout. He organized and led a team of adults to take down and clear about 40 trees and brush along a steep hill.
"I remember seeing him walk over to one of the adults using a chain saw, interrupt the man and hand him a pair of chainsaw chaps because the guy needed to wear chainsaw chaps for his own safety," said Bob Warring, the assistant Scout master for the troop.
Then Morris led a group to clear the larger trees. The trees' roots can compromise the dam and attract animals.
"It was a lot of work hauling those trees up from the bottom of the dam up to the top and then getting them from here across the dam," Edward Murphy, a Boy Scout committee member, said.
Morris' efforts earned him an Eagle Scout honor.
"It's rare that a young adult like this, a young man, can do this much work and show this much leadership to win, to earn the rank of Eagle Scout, especially given that Andrew is only 13-years-old," Murphy said.
Morris also built barriers to protect the dam from four-wheel vehicles and dirt bikes from plowing through. He also got the brush and wood his team cleared donated to families for their homes around the community.
Morris says he couldn't have done anything without the support he received from others. He plans to continue his conservationist efforts by leading other projects.
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