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Spring cleanups at Wardenclyffe resume this Saturday

Posted March 27, 2014

We are excited to begin our 2nd cleanup season on Saturday, March 29, at 9 AM to 12 noon.

Volunteers can sign up for grounds cleanups at Wardenclyffe, Saturday mornings, 9–12, through June 28. (GPS: 40.948358,-72.901001) Enter through the main entrance on Randall Road, north of Rt 25A in Shoreham, NY; park on site and sign a waiver of liability.

In 2013, we secured the site, cleaned up large parts of the grounds, built a monument for a life-size Tesla statue, and began a native plant nursery. In 2014, we will make substantial progress toward a real campus, beginning with further grounds cleanup and maintenance, improvements around the Tesla monument and entrance corridor, and preparations for natural landscaping.

Specific tasks involve the following:

  • spread wood chips around the Tesla monument
  • fill damaged asphalt areas with recycled concrete aggregate
  • spread wood chips near entrance driveway
  • remove dead wood along Randall Road perimeter
  • move cut logs to side of parking lot
  • pick up trash/litter along outside perimeter
  • collect/separate recyclables
  • establish yard-waste compost area
  • assess state of native plant nursery

We have a number of tools on site. However, we often need extra yard/garden tools (rakes, branch cutters, pruning shears, and pitch forks). Initially, we will also need a few extra wheel barrows. As the season progresses, powered weed-whackers and blowers will help. Please clearly mark all personal tools.

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Reminders:

Wardenclyffe is an active clean-up site with some potentially hazardous situations including poison ivy, ticks, broken glass, nails, sharp metal, etc. Sturdy, protective shoes are a must (!).

Because we still lack proper facilities, we limit the work sessions to three hours.

Safety first! We have a supply of goggles, extra gloves, hard hats, hearing protectors, and reflective vests to enhance visibility. We ask that volunteers use these devices or bring their own.

Note that we do not yet enter and work inside the buildings, because there is no lighting, and the interior is hazardous, owing to many years of neglect and significant vandalism, especially in recent years. Most buildings require testing for hazardous materials (e.g., mold, asbestos) and a structural analysis.

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