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SEEDS Youth Conservation Corp begins Green Point Area Restoration on the Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge
Midwest Region, September 13, 2017
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A SEEDS Youth Conservation Corp crew has begun restoration of the former Germainia Golf Course on the Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge.
A SEEDS Youth Conservation Corp crew has begun restoration of the former Germainia Golf Course on the Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge. - Photo Credit: Clark McCreedy, Michigan Ecological Services Field Office
SEEDS Crew members have begun to remove decaying features of the former Germainia golf course to begin restoration in the area of the Green Point Environmental Learning Center
SEEDS Crew members have begun to remove decaying features of the former Germainia golf course to begin restoration in the area of the Green Point Environmental Learning Center - Photo Credit: Clark McCreedy, Michigan Ecological Services Field Office

A SEEDS (Seeking Ecology, Education and Design Solutions) Youth Conservation Corp has begun restoration of the area encompassing the Green Point Environmental Learning Center on the Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge, located in Saginaw, Michigan. The SEEDS Program engages local area youth through service learning projects that enable the development of ‘green collar’ job skills. Youth are employed in a team-based training program with the opportunity to achieve recognizable ecological benefit of value to their own communities.

 

The SEEDS crew working with the refuge has begun to remove decaying infrastructure on the abandoned Germania golf course, acquired by the refuge by donation from the Nature Conservancy in 2014. The crew is removing elements of the former golf course such as old benches, unsafe shelters and obsolete structures left on the site. The SEEDS crew will also help refuge staff  remove hazard trees on the site and will begin the treatment of non-native invasive species that now dominate the former golf course and lands adjacent to the Green Point Environmental Learning Center. This effort will enhance the value of wildlife habitat within the Green Point Area of the refuge, improving the experience of visitors.

Learn more about the SEEDS program at www.ecoseeds.org.


Contact Info: Clark McCreedy, 517-351-8273, clark_mccreedy@fws.gov
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