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Eagle Scout Completes Project by Installing Benches at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge
Northeast Region, April 13, 2013
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Scout Mark Tentarelli with one of three benches constructed and installed at Assabet River NWR visitor center.
Scout Mark Tentarelli with one of three benches constructed and installed at Assabet River NWR visitor center. - Photo Credit: Sharon Tentarelli

The Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge sports three new benches thanks to Mark Tentarelli of Sudbury, Massachusetts, who completed the project to earn the rank of Eagle Scout.  Mark said, "I decided to build benches so that people at the refuge would have a place to sit and enjoy nature". Mark chose two designs: one based on a nature-friendly design by the conservationist Aldo Leopold with minimal use of materials to be put on refuge trails; the second a conventional bench to be placed in front of the visitor center. The design incorporated cement blocks used ingeniously as a theft deterrent. The two benches on the trails are at the end of Kingfisher Trail, while the other bench is on Taylor Way. These locations were carefully chosen by the Friends of the Assabet River NWR for their vistas and as great places for bird watching and viewing wildlife. The Friends Group provided funding for the project while the Boy Scouts of Troop 63 Sudbury helped Mark construct the benches.

Mark Tentarelli has volunteered with the Service since 2010. He has helped with the Friends' Group booth at the opening day of the visitor center, worked at the greeter's desk over the summers, assists with Friends' membership mailings and staffs the Friends' booth at local events. The Friends and refuge staff are pleased that we could  provided an opportunity for a service project and hope this will be one of many such connections between the refuge and youth in our local communities.


Contact Info: Peggy Hobbs, 978-443-4661, ext. 14, peggy_hobbs@fws.gov



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