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Student Program Helps Refuge Address Maintenance Needs

Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge - 2007

Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge in Maine teamed up with students from Washington County Community College, putting the refuge on the receiving end of approximately $267,226 worth of road maintenance.

The work completed at Moosehorn is part of an ongoing training program at the college where students learn to operate and maintain heavy equipment, and explore a career in construction.  In exchange, the refuge receives badly needed help addressing millions of dollars worth of backlogged maintenance.

Between August and December 2006, the students fixed more 12 miles of roads and moved more than 2,405 yards of materials. They also installed three culverts and a set of gateposts. Many of the roads provide access to important habitat management areas, as well as create firebreaks that protect resources on and off the refuge.

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