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   STOCKTON FWO: USFWS staff helps third graders plant native trees and shrubs 

Region 8, March 9, 2011
USFWS employees Denise Barnard and Amber Aguilera get ready to plant native trees at Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge in Elk Grove, Calif., on March 9th, 2011.
USFWS employees Denise Barnard and Amber Aguilera get ready to plant native trees at Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge in Elk Grove, Calif., on March 9th, 2011. - Photo Credit: n/a

On March 9, 2011, Stockton Fish and Wildlife Office staff members Denise Barnard, Paul Miklos, Phil Voong, Kate Erly, and Amber Aguilera participated in the Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge Habitat Restoration Day.

Stone Lakes Wildlife Refuge is located just south of Elk Grove, Calif., and manages over 6,200 acres. The land was once used for farming and is undergoing restoration to more resemble its historical wetland background. Along with 9 other local FWS employees, the Stockton staff helped plant native trees and shrubs with 75 third graders from nearby Stone Lakes Elementary School. 

Students were broken up into small groups, and planted elderberry, coyote bush, California rose, valley oak, Santa Barbara sedge, and mugwort with the help of a FWS group leader. By the end of the 2-hour planting period, the refuge looked much healthier and was rich with native plant life. Children were thrilled by the wildlife inhabit the refuge and felt a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day. Not only did they leave with an appreciation of the refuge but they also received FWS carabiner compasses for all their hard work.

Contact Info: Amber Aguilera, 209-946-6400, amber_aguilera@fws.gov