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Master Watershed Stewards Learn from Restoration Efforts at Cherry Valley National Wildlife Refuge
Northeast Region, April 28, 2018
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Before photo of the Cherry Creek prior to in-stream restoration features.
Before photo of the Cherry Creek prior to in-stream restoration features. - Photo Credit: USFWS Staff
The Watershed Stewards toured the in-stream restoration area of the Cherry Valley NWR’s former golf course tract. Pictured here is an after photo of the Cherry Creek.
The Watershed Stewards toured the in-stream restoration area of the Cherry Valley NWR’s former golf course tract. Pictured here is an after photo of the Cherry Creek. - Photo Credit: Dick Ludwig

A joint effort between the Monroe County Conservation District and Penn State University Cooperative Extension program is bringing additional volunteer help to Cherry Valley National Wildlife Refuge. The Penn State Master Watershed Steward program was established to strengthen local capacity for management and protection of watersheds, streams, and rivers, by educating and empowering volunteers across the commonwealth. Training and volunteer service are coordinated at the county level by extension staff, partners, or trained volunteers.
Twenty stewards were selected for the program this year and attended training classes that focused on a broad range of water resource topics, including groundwater, stream ecology, wetlands, invasive plants, water recreation and storm water management. On Saturday, April 28th, the program payed the first of what will be many visits for Cherry Valley NWR to look at stream and upland restoration efforts. As part of the program, Stewards have to meet volunteer hour requirements and many of those hours will be earned helping with invasive species control, educational programs, restoration, and other efforts at the refuge.


Contact Info: Daniel Correa, 9083670906, daniel_correaserna@fws.gov
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