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Eagle Scout Rewarded for Conservation Efforts
Southwest Region, June 14, 2005
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Jonathan Hillis of Scout Troop 399 of the Boy Scouts of America received certificates of appreciation from the Service, City of Austin, and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for his effort to protect the endangered Barton Springs salamander in Austin on June 14, 2005. Hillis recently received the prestigious Eagle Scout award, earned in part by coordinating several projects at Barton Springs. His projects helped restore and enhance habitat for the Barton Springs salamander at two spring sites (Eliza Springs and Sunken Garden Springs). Some of Hillis's efforts included fortifying eroded soil around the base wall of a spring pool, transplanting aquatic plants to help stabilize sediment, and removing concrete and rusted wires from an outflow stream. A similar project at Eliza Springs last year dramatically increased the number of salamanders at that site. The Barton Springs salamander is a Federally-listed endangered species known only to occur in four sites that collectively make up the Barton Springs complex.

Contact Info: Martin Valdez, 505-248-6599, martin_valdez@fws.gov



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