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Elsberry Chapter of the National FFA Organization Helps Clarence Cannon NWR Restore Native Habitat
Midwest Region, June 27, 2003
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Recently students from the Elsberry Chapter of the National Future Farmers of America organization and faculty sponsor Jestun Nutter assisted the staff at Clarence Cannon National Wildlife Refuge with planting more than 1,670 prairie cordgrass and 730 swamp milkweed seedlings on the refuge. The work was completed under an agreement with the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service in which the Elsberry FFA Chapter processed (cleaned and scarified) seed provided by the Service and produced seedlings for a restoration project at the refuge. In turn, the Service contributed more than $1,000 for their services.

Labor provided by the students to plant the seedlings amounted to better than 50 hours of volunteer time. The staff at Clarence Cannon National Wildlife Refuge appreciate everyone's time and commitment to the project and wish to thank the following individuals and Mr. Nutter for their support of the refuge. Student participants include Jarred Wehde, Jennifer Houston, Justin Houston, Whitney Howard, Philip Lavy, Samantha Trower, Steven Lavy, Patrick Sellers, Mitchell Houston, Brennan Lagemann, Andrew Howard, Ashley Hagemeier, Crystal Harris, Holly Jo McLean, Travis Mueller, Mary Cooley, Justin Blackman. Other volunteers include Leah Crank and Paul Mueller.

This native restoration project is just one example of the cooperative partnership between refuge staff and the Elsberry FFA Chapter that has developed throughout the years. Previous activities included the construction of wood duck nesting boxes, assistance with trapping and banding wood ducks during fall migration, native landscape planting around the refuge headquarters, as well as other projects.

To visit the refuge, turn east on County Road 206 in Annada and travel approximately one mile down the gravel road to the refuge headquarters. The refuge is open daily from sun up to sunset for your enjoyment.

Contact Info: Larry Dean, 612-713-5312, Larry_Dean@fws.gov



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