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Fence Removal for Wildlife
Southwest Region, January 29, 2005
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On January 29, nineteen volunteer workers removed barbed wire and fence posts from the grasslands of Buenos Aires NWR to benefit wildlife. This ongoing effort tackles the miles of fence that remain from earlier years when this land was a cattle ranch. Most workers came from Phoenix, representing the Arizona Wildlife Federation, and traveled seven hours round trip to donate their time. They were joined by several members of Sierra Club, three from the Friends of Buenos Aires NWR, and BANWR manager Mitch Ellis. Two Buenos Aires volunteers coordinated the effort. In a day of work, the volunteers removed 7500 feet of 5-strand barbed wire fence, picked up 1500 feet of 5-strand fence removed by this group previously, and pulled up 1500 metal fence posts. It was tough work but the participants were rewarded by beautiful surroundings and the knowledge that their efforts benefit wildlife. A large section of barbed wire is now gone from a fence that precluded movement of deer and pronghorns over a major section of the refuge.

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