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Conservation Good Turn Scouting Event at Bitter Lake NWR
Southwest Region, October 31, 2004
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From October 29 - 31 Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge hosted another Boy Scouts of America Conservation Good Turn event. The 2004 event attracted 127 scouts and 82 adult leaders from various parts of New Mexico who gathered to participate in scouting and recreational activities while performing service projects for the refuge. The service projects ranged from placing rip-rap for bank stabilization, to trail marking and grooming with gravel and stones, to controlling salt cedar and other vegetation. Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts alike participated and an Eagle Scout constructed and installed a refuge information kiosk. In all, the scouts provided 374 hours of work to the refuge. In support and recognition of their efforts, a local dairy donated a new flag-pole that was permanently mounted at the scout campsite.

To allow for a mix of work and recreational activities, this year Muzzleloader, BB gun, Archery, Trapping and Trapshooting familiarization events were conducted. The overall event was considered a success and the experience was enjoyed by the scouts and participating refuge staff alike.

Contact Info: Martin Valdez, 505-248-6599, martin_valdez@fws.gov
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