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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service assists in Forest Awareness Tour
Southwest Region, May 9, 2008
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 Jason F. Roesner of the Arlington Ecological Service‚Äôs East Texas Sub-office, assisted Angelina Beautiful/Clean with its Annual Forest Awareness Tour (May 5-9, 2008).  Approximately 1,100 students from Hudson, Central, Diboll and Lufkin middle schools were given a hands-on introduction to subjects including fly-fishing, fire fighting, forest pests, wildlife/GPS, forestry and water quality.  Participating agencies/organizations included the Service, U. S. Forest Service, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Texas Forest Service, Piney Wood Fly Fishers, Texas Forestry Association, Private Educators and many dedicated volunteers.   Jason and members of the U.S. Forest Service, National Forests and Grasslands staffed a wildlife station and discussed subjects such as red-cockaded woodpecker management in East Texas, identification of skulls and pelts, and the benefits of prescribed burning to wildlife.  Most students were unaware of the positive impacts that result from prescribed burning on the National Forests and Grasslands in Texas.  In total, the students left the event with a better understanding of wildlife and forest management efforts and resulting benefits.

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



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