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San Bernardino NWR Partners with Douglas High School Student to Restore Pond
Southwest Region, October 22, 2010
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What started as a FFA (Future Farmers of America) student project on captive breeding Chiricahua leopard frogs turned into the clean up and restoration of the Douglas High School Pond to benefit federally listed native fish.  During the month of October, San Bernardino NWR staff, teachers, parents, and students from Douglas High School have worked to clean up the pond. 

The pond was established in the '90s as a Partner's Project to provide habitat for Federally listed native fish, as well as provide an outdoor classroom for the science classes at the high school.  In recent years, the pond has not received the attention that it has needed.  The vegetation grew unchecked and there was water seepage from the pond that was costing the school district over $1,000.00 a month in water bills. 

Approximately 60 square meters of cattails were removed, the plumbing to the pond was repaired, and a timer was added to help regulate the water use to the pond.  In addition to the regulation of incoming water, the pond was reduced in size.  This project has become a community project with the added involvement of local businesses and additional government agencies such as the Forest Service, the Arizona Department of Corrections, and the Natural Resources Conservations Service who have donated supplies, equipment and labor. 

Contact Info: Christopher Lohrengel, 520-364-2104 x.106, chris_lohrengel@fws.gov



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