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Southwest Conservation Corps Assists Buenos Aires NWR
Southwest Region, January 1, 2010
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Southwest Conservation Corps crew and leaders, Buenos Aires NWR, January 14, 2010.  Photo by Bob Farrell.
Southwest Conservation Corps crew and leaders, Buenos Aires NWR, January 14, 2010. Photo by Bob Farrell. - Photo Credit: n/a

In January 2010, Southwest Conservation Corps provided valuable help to Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge.  The SCC is a non-profit, job training and educational organization that hires young adults to gain experience in conservation work on public lands.  The participants learn about teamwork, work skills, environmental stewardship and personal responsibility. Between January 12 and January 22, six crew members and two crew leaders provided 80 hours of field work for Buenos Aires.  They removed a large amount of barbed wire fence left over from ranching days.  This helps the movements of deer and pronghorns and eliminates an obstacle in which the animals could become fatally entangled.  In three locations, The crew removed 13,000 feet of 5-strand barbed wire fence and also removed posts and wire coils left from previous fence projects.  They also altered 4500 feet of fence along a major road where the fence had to stay; however, removal of the top and bottom strand allows deer to jump over and pronghorns to squeeze under.  The crew picked up and carried away a tremendous amount of debris and trash left by illegal immigrants.  This included along a highway that bisects the refuge, the periphery of a pond, the public driving tour loop, and along a hiking trail.  They removed a total of seventy bags of trash, helping clean the landscape and lessening the chance that wildlife might ingest harmful materials.  The team performed maintenance on Mustang Trail, a popular hiking trail that had become obscured by vegetation growth and by the network of illegal immigrant trails in the vicinity.  Thanks to Southwest Conservation Corps, the Buenos Aires NWR has a more esthetic landscape, more open country for wildlife to roam, and an improved hiking trail.


Contact Info: Bonnie Swarbrick, (520) 823-4251 x 108, bonnie_swarbrick@fws.gov



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